Fast Five Quiz: Breast Cancer Presentation and Diagnosis

Pavani Chalasani, MD, MPH


July 13, 2021

A biopsy is the only way to definitively diagnose breast cancer. It is performed when a clinical breast examination, mammogram, or imaging test such as MRI shows a change that is suggestive of breast cancer. Features on a mammogram that may raise suspicion include asymmetry, microcalcifications, and a mass or architectural distortion. The goal of evaluating a breast lesion is to justify whether surgery is indicated and then to plan the most appropriate surgical course to try to maximize breast conservation while minimizing the need for a future operation.

Learn more about the diagnosis of breast cancer.


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