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When a biopsy reveals that cells are "abnormal" but not cancerous, what does that actually mean?

  • I'm no pathologist so I can't say for sure, but I suspect the answer would be that it could mean many things. From personal experience, I would treat any pathology report with vague language like that as highly suspicious and request a second opinion. I got a similar report on a biopsy from a dog once. It declared the cells normal but noted they had a "high mitotic rate." Yeah, they had a high mitotic rate alright because they were a very aggressive form of cancer the pathologist failed to identify. – Carey Gregory Oct 12 '16 at 1:53
  • @CareyGregory Thanks Carey. That's a scary anecdote. Sorry he/she didn't properly identify the cancer. – RockPaperLizard Oct 12 '16 at 4:05

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