Breast pathology has become increasingly nuanced and requires a level of expertise from trained and experienced specialists. Currently, only 10-20% of patients have access to specialists trained in breast pathology. Even trained breast pathologists may conflict in their diagnosis of the same case.
Inaccurate diagnosis leads to unnecessary clinical interventions which may have their own side-effects, increased anxiety for the patient and her family and increased costs. Patient Advocacy Groups, academic institutions, and expert physicians alike, advise of the necessity of second opinions to confirm diagnosis and provide as much information as possible for the patient.