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Reasonable alternative to invasive biopsy of palpable breast lesions with benign imaging features suggested by study

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November 20, 2009
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American College of Radiology / American Roentgen Ray Society
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Short-term follow-up is a reasonable alternative to invasive biopsy of palpable (capable of being touched or felt) breast lesions with benign imaging features, particularly in younger women with probable fibroadenoma (non-cancerous tumors that often occur in women during their reproductive years), according to a new study.

Short-term follow-up is a reasonable alternative to invasive biopsy of palpable (capable of being touched or felt) breast lesions with benign imaging features, particularly in younger women with probable fibroadenoma (non-cancerous tumors that often occur in women during their reproductive years), according to a study published in the December issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.

The study, performed at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., consisted of a group of 320 women with 375 palpable masses with benign features for which short-term follow-up was recommended. "We found that only one case of cancer was diagnosed for which short-term follow-up had been recommended," said Jennifer A. Harvey, M.D., lead author of the study.

"Our study of palpable breast lesions with benign features showed an acceptably low prevalence of breast cancer ─ so low that short-term follow-up is a reasonable alternative to biopsy," said Harvey.

"Application of the results of our study may reduce the number of biopsies that result in benign findings. There is also significant cost savings associated with using short-term follow-up rather than immediate biopsy," she said.

This study appears in the December issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.


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American College of Radiology / American Roentgen Ray Society. (2009, November 20). Reasonable alternative to invasive biopsy of palpable breast lesions with benign imaging features suggested by study. ScienceDaily. Retrieved August 27, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091120111551.htm
American College of Radiology / American Roentgen Ray Society. "Reasonable alternative to invasive biopsy of palpable breast lesions with benign imaging features suggested by study." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/11/091120111551.htm (accessed August 27, 2014).

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