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Nipple-Aspirate Test Not an Alternative to Mammography, FDA Warns — Physician’s First Watch

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December 16, 2013

Nipple-Aspirate Test Not an Alternative to Mammography, FDA Warns

By the Editors

Collecting breast fluid with a nipple aspirate device is not a replacement for breast imaging tests or biopsy, the FDA is warning women and clinicians. The agency issued an alert because some manufacturers have been promoting the technique to screen for and diagnose breast cancer and precancerous abnormalities.

The clinical usefulness of nipple aspiration is still being evaluated, the FDA said, noting that it's "not aware of any valid scientific data to show that a nipple aspirate test by itself is an effective screening tool for any medical condition including the early detection of breast cancer or other breast disease."

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