Study examines diagnostic accuracy of breast biopsies

March 18, 2015

A breast biopsy study that included Oregon pathologists found many get it wrong on trickier cancer risk results.

The specialists who analyze breast tissue samples often miss lesions that indicate a higher risk of cancer, according to a new study.

Pathologists surveyed in the study almost always agreed with experts on whether cancer is present in a biopsy, or if the results are completely benign. But they frequently disagreed about precursor lesions known as atypia, showing that further research is needed to help interpret the 1.6 million biopsies performed each year.

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