I would only code malignancy from a path report that was definitive.
Remember that you are recording something in a patient's medical record that will follow that patient forever! People have been denied life insurance or other medical coverage based on erroneous diagnoses in their records. Even if you go back to the carrier later and say "oh, sorry, we made a mistake" they frequently will not change it.
Do not give a patient a disease or condition s/he doesn't have.
If the path report states "pre-cancer" then do not give it a malignancy dx code.
F Tessa Bartels, CPC
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