What is a biopsy?

A biopsy is the removal of all or some cells or tissue for examination. The sample of tissue 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 health care 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:

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