31 Days of “Little Known” FACTS — For Breast Cancer Awareness Month — Day 9 — Too Many Unnecessary Biopsies

Did you know…

1.6 million breast biopsies are performed each year in the US, and approximately 80% are found to be benign.

Why so many biopsies? 

Fear of malpractice influences radiologists to order a biopsy of “anything and everything that shows up on the mammogram.” – The Untold Message of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, by Jeffrey Dach MD

Is there a risk of metastasis?

Puncturing the tumor can result in the release in microscopic quantities of cancer cells into the surrounding lymphatic system of blood vessels. This can allow the cancer cells to move to distant organs and grow. – Hope4Cancer Treatment Centers

Risk of tumor cell seeding through biopsy and aspiration cytology

Is there damage to sensitive breast tissue?

Watch Inside Edition’s investigative report which shows my badly bruised breast from a “guide wire” procedure prior to a surgical biopsy in 2010:

Is Stage Zero Breast Cancer Really Cancer? Women Share Their Doubts

Can a breast biopsy be avoided?

“If it doesn’t look like high-grade DCIS, we should leave it alone. We would eliminate two thirds of all biopsies if we did.” – Dr. Laura Esserman, Take Carcinoma Out of DCIS and Ease Off Treatment.

Marianna Pinto describes how relieved she was to avoid a breast biopsy:

Info about Dr. Kelly and SonoCine Ultrasound

What are other potential issues with breast biopsies?






About Donna Pinto

I was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles when I was 12. I graduated with a BA in Journalism/Advertising from San Diego State University. After a short stint in magazine ad sales in LA, I was offered my dream job working for Club Med. I spent two years working at resorts in Mexico, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic and Colorado. My husband Glenn & I met while working at Club Med in Ixtapa, Mexico. We returned to "real life/jobs" for three years before we embarked on a two year honeymoon around the world. Together we wrote a book called "When The Travel Bug Bites: Creative Ways to Earn, Save and Stay Abroad." I am also the author of "Cheatnotes on Life: Lessons From The Classroom of Life," a quote book for new graduates. Becoming a mom changed my life and I was fortunate to work part-time from home with many amazing nonprofits. In 2010, a DCIS diagnosis inspired me to an investigation that culminated in creating DCIS 411 and Give Wellness.
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