The main area of interest in the article excerpt below is that there are safer methods of detection than biopsy.
Typical 'surgical' breast biopsy is an invasive procedure which can leave scarring and infection.
Some of the information may sound 'scary' but it's good to know the truth... and the options.
It's still a completely personal choice.
Breast biopsy complications can include pain, swelling, bleeding, and drainage from the biopsy site, infection and false positive results, leading to unnecessary treatments.
Doctors and researchers have noted that biopsy of a tumor can cause seeding, or spread of cancer cells (metastasis) along the path of the needle track at the biopsy site.
While conventional medical doctors must follow AMA protocol, many are questioning the wisdom of biopsies.
And as patients become more educated, they are beginning to question the need for invasive and sometimes dangerous tests.
There are tumor marker blood tests, sonograms, MRIs, and ultrasounds that can also determine the presence of a tumor without risking the spread of cancer or infections.
Additionally, Breast Thermography is a safe, practical way to image the breasts and to avoid the radiation associated with mammograms.
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Here are some additional links for more Info:
"Needle Biopsies Can Spread Cancer" http://www.naturalhealth365.com/natural_healing/biopsy.html
"Early Detection Testing? Chance of Harm Is 100%
Chance of Benefit Is < 1 in a 1000"