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Can We Trust Breast Biopsy Results?

Each year approximately 1.6 million women in the United States have a breast biopsy. Although there are well-established diagnostic criteria to classify biopsy tissue, pathologists are misinterpreting biopsy tissue at a significantly high rate according to a study published in the March 17, 2015 edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). As a result, many women are either not receiving the treatment they need or are receiving treatment they do not need. In the study, "Diagnostic Concordance Among Pathologists Interpreting Breast Biopsy Specimens," researchers assembled a panel of experts interpret 240 cases and reach a consensus diagnosis in each case. The researchers

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