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Study finds unnecessary breast biopsies

A new study published in the American Journal of Surgery concludes that too many surgical biopsies are being performed for women who only require needle biopsies, according to a report by the New York Times.

The over-use of breast biopsies amounts to more than 300,000 unnecessary surgeries and hundreds of millions in financial costs, according to researchers at the University of Florida.

Following the publication, doctors at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, as well as Beth Israel and the University of Southern California have expressed strong disapproval for the high numbers of surgical biopsies.

Surgical biopses bring in more money to surgeons and hospitals than the less invasive needle biopsies.

“I see it all the time. People are causing harm and should be held accountable," Dr. Elisa R. Port, the chief of breast surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center, told the news source.

The new research comes several weeks after a groundbreaking announcement that not all lymph node surgeries may be necessary for breast cancer patients. However, the practice of lymph node surgeries was not linked to ulterior financial purposes.
 
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