I would go for a second opinion. I worked as an RN for my breast surgeon after finishing my BC treatment.
A few questions for you: Is the nipple retraction a NEW thing? Or has it been like this for most/all of her life? If NOT a lifelong thing, I would definitely request a surgical biopsy.
You are right that a skin punch biopsy should be done. They need to sample the skin in the suspicious area, as well as the underlying tissue for the most accurate picture. Needle biopsies are notoriously inaccurate--there is a much greater chance of them missing something with that (relatively) tiny needle. Better biopsy ideas would be a core biopsy (done in the breast surgeon's office or in the mammogram suite by a radiologist) or surgical biopsy (where she would be under anesthesia & have the area cut out)
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