Next Avenue: 5 questions to ask your doctor that can help lower medical costs

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The term “suspicious findings,” is enough to send women who have had a mammogram into an anxiety attack. It might seem unfortunate for me that I’ve been through this at least three times, but it’s given me valuable knowledge and experience in advocating for my health care. And I believe what I’ve learned can help other women and men do that, too.

After my annual mammogram in April, I was referred to a more comprehensive diagnostic mammogram and then to a surgeon for a surgical biopsy.

I wasn’t convinced I needed a surgical biopsy, having seen a very similar picture on my mammogram twice before that was biopsied by a needle.

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