The breast is one of two prominences located on the upper ventral region of the torso of primates. In females, it serves as the mammary glandwhich produces and secretes milk to feed infants. At pubertyestrogensin conjunction with growth hormonecause breast development in female humans and to a much lesser extent in other primates.
A breast biopsy is the removal of a sample of breast tissue so that it can be tested for breast cancer. This can be done in a few ways. With a core needle biopsy, ultrasound or MRI guidance may be used.
The earlier that breast cancer can be found, the greater the chance of a cure. Neither you nor your doctor receives personal test results from this study because the test is still under development and is for research purposes only. Any results will not affect the medical care you receive.
In recent years, a greater appreciation for the microbes inhabiting human body sites has emerged. In the female mammary gland, milk has been shown to contain bacterial species, ostensibly reaching the ducts from the skin. We decided to investigate whether there is a microbiome within the mammary tissue.
A core needle biopsy uses a long, hollow tube to extract a sample of tissue. Here, a biopsy of a suspicious breast lump is being done. The sample is sent to a laboratory for testing.
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This blog is the ninth in a series exploring the achievements of Breast Cancer Campaign and Breakthrough Breast Cancer as both charities work towards launching as one brand new charity. The last post looked at the great strides we have made towards improving the way patients with triple negative breast cancer are treated. In this post we celebrate five years of the Breast Cancer Tissue Bank.