Breast Biopsy

This information is useful for adults
breast biopsy
Why Yale Medicine?
  • Our Breast Center offers complete and coordinated care under one roof.
  • We screen, image, biopsy, diagnose and treat patients using leading-edge technology.
  • We conduct advanced research that is guiding how breast cancer is treated today.

If you or your doctor discovers something unusual in your breast—such as a lump, discharge or unusual skin changes, like peeling around the nipple—a breast biopsy may be in order to help identify the cause.

“There are many patients who have an abnormal mammogram or find something themselves during a self-breast exam, which may warrant a biopsy,” says Anees Chagpar, MD, MPH, a Yale Medicine oncologist and director of The Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven. Dr. Chagpar is also a professor of surgery (oncology) at Yale School of Medicine

Yale Medicine doctors use the latest techniques and advanced technology to perform breast biopsies. And, if needed, our comprehensive breast program provides care in a safe and compassionate environment.

A breast biopsy is a procedure in which a small piece of tissue is removed and sent to a pathology lab to be evaluated under a microscope to determine if it is malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous). “Just because you’re having a breast biopsy doesn’t mean you have cancer,” says Dr. Chagpar. Eighty percent of the time, women who have a biopsy don’t have breast cancer, which is helpful to keep in mind if you or your loved one is scheduled for a breast biopsy