What Will a Pathologist See?

Diagnosing Patients Every Day

Pathologists are committed to accurately diagnosing disease so patients can begin treatment.

Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer

266,120 Women Will Be Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

Of that number, 41,000 of those women will die from this disease this year. But breast cancer screenings can save lives. Pathologists collaborate with other physicians to determine and conduct additional testing if a clinical breast exam or screening mammogram shows something abnormal. These may be blood marker tests to detect proteins and tumor cells within a patient's body to diagnose cancer, or ideally, rule out it is not cancer.

Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Every 3 Minutes Someone Will Be Diagnosed With Leukemia

If your doctor suspects leukemia, he or she may order additional diagnostic tests. There are 1.3 million people in the United States who have this disease. The pathologist analyzes a complete blood count or blood chemistry test to inform the patient and care team if certain symptoms are related to leukemia. It is through bone marrow aspirations and biopsies that pathologists can then diagnose if it is leukemia and what type.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer

1 In 9 Men Will Be Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer

Pathologists will provide a prostate cancer diagnosis to 165,000 men this year. Pathologists have a key role in “active surveillance” for low-risk prostate cancer patients to avoid the potentially harmful side effects from treatment. Intervention or treatment will begin once there’s evidence of tumor progression.