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i am 18 . i have a small painless lump on the right side of my neck. could it be tumour/cancer?

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Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 45 years experience
Depends on size: and location, but not very likely at your age. It is probably an enlarged lymph node. If it persists, you need to see a doctor.
Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
It depends on....: We need more information about your lump. What size/dimensions? is it hard, soft, firm, painless and how long have you had it? Is it growing in size? Any lump that is larger than 1cm and new or growing in size needs medical examination from your doctor in order to determine what it might be and whether it needs to be removed or not.
Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgical Oncology 64 years experience
Possibly: Most nodes that appear in the neck are transient and will resolve within a given period of time. The more common malignant nodes are related to squamous Ca of the oral cavity but at 18 yo essentially are never seen. Those malignancies while not common at your age that do have to be considered are thyroid and lymphoma. If node does not resolve but enlarges or increases in number, bx indicated

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A 18-year-old female asked:

I am 18 . I have a small painless bump on the right side of my neck. Could it be tumour/cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Unlikely: It is unlikely that the bump is cancer. Check every 2-3 weeks, and if it becomes more than twice its current size, see your doctor. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco or alcohol in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine.

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