What is a biopsy?
A biopsy is the removal of all or some cells or tissue for examination. The sample of tissue, and possibly culture from bacteria, can be taken from any part of the body. The sample will be sent for testing and will be looked at under a microscope. After the findings, your healthcare provider will talk to you about the results. Remember — just because you are having a biopsy does NOT mean you have cancer.
What is a biopsy used for?
Although biopsies are used to find cancer, they can also be used to discover:
- Diseases and extent of diseases, such as ulcerative colitis or kidney disease
- Auto immune disorders