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swollen lymphnode in neck over 10 months, some in groin, and recently just found one in armpit. all movable & under 1.5 cm. been to doctor. cancer?

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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 28 years experience
Hard to say/depends,: This depends on what you may have been doing, what your family history is, and the nodes themselves. You're young, so cancer is unlikely, but if you smoke , chew tobacco, drink, or do things like drugs, etc., you could be at risk for some cancers and infections. Your family history could put you at risk for cancer also. Finally if the nodes are painful or not it could mean cancer or infection.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
If you have already been to a doctor and they are not concerned, either get a second opinion from somebody who can examine you, or consider the possibility that this is an anxiety reaction on your part. Dr. Woods has summarized this well.
Dec 16, 2013

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