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NEW YORK TIMES: A BREAST CANCER SURGEON WHO KEEPS CHALLENGING THE STATUS QUO

Late one afternoon this summer, Dr. Laura J. Esserman, a breast cancer surgeon at the University of California, San Francisco, sat in a darkened room scrutinizing a breast M.R.I. With a clutch of other clinicians at her side, she quickly homed in on a spot smaller than a pencil eraser. She heard the words “six-millimeter mass.” Her response was swift: “No.” Meaning no biopsy.

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