Diagnosis of breast cancer
is performed when an abnormal lump is found (from self-examination or x-ray) or a tiny speck of calcium is seen (on an x-ray). After a suspicious lump is found, the doctor will conduct a diagnosis to determine whether it is cancerous and, if so, whether it has spread to other parts of the body. The most accurate method of diagnosis is a biopsy. However, if a biopsy is not possible, the doctor will use an alternative test method.
The method of cancer diagnosis varies depending on several factors, such as age, current medications, type of cancer
, severity of symptoms and earlier test results. Diagnosis of breast cancer
can be performed in the following ways:
- Diagnostic Radiology
- Diagnostic Mammography
- Surgical Pathology
- Blood Test
- Additional Tests
- Chest X-ray
- Bone Scan
- CT Scan to generate 3D images of the organs to check for the spread of cancer.