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I have 2 hard lumps in my head they r about the size of a marble. Can they b a sign of bowel cancer ?

I have 2 hard lumps in my head they r about the size of a marble. Can they b a sign of bowel cancer ?

Unlikely: I'm not sure why you are concerned about "bowel cancer" from lumps in your head. Bowel cancer presents in many ways but head lumps is not one I'm familiar with. If you have blood in your bowel movements or abdominal pain or unexplained weight loss that might be suggestive. Either way you should see your primary care doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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When there is cancer in the head and neck. Lumps are a symptom. Now do they mean the cancerous lump in lymph nobes? Or lumps grow anywhere In the neck

When there is cancer in the head and neck. Lumps are a symptom. Now do they mean the cancerous lump in lymph nobes? Or lumps grow anywhere In the neck

Cancer head and neck: Cancer has usually moved (metastasized) to lymph nodes as lymph flows out of primary tumor and into lymph nodes as it tries to get back to venous system. ...Read more

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I'm 22 and have 6 to 8 lumps on my head neck and higher back. Their not pimples. It's scaring me I think cancer is in my lymph nodes?

I'm 22 and have 6 to 8 lumps on my head neck and higher back. Their not pimples. It's scaring me I think cancer is in my lymph nodes?

Get them checked: At your age they might be lymph node cancer, which is quite treatable if you get a diagnosis & get started. It might also just be inflamed lymph nodes if your scalp/skin has issues with rash/bug bites, skin infection, etc. You can suffer with the pain of not knowing or get moving and find out. Its up to you to do something. ...Read more

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In law diagnosed w/ kidney cancer in 2005. Had 1 kidney removed. Now has 5-6 lumps on head, 5 tumors in lung & 1 in liver. What can we expect & time?

In law diagnosed w/ kidney cancer in 2005. Had 1 kidney removed. Now has 5-6 lumps on head, 5 tumors in lung & 1 in liver. What can we expect & time?

A workup: Your physician will need to get tissue to see what these masses actually are. If they are recurrent kidney cancer, there is no predicting either its natural course or its response to treatment. Be strong and good luck. ...Read more

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Mother had lumps for a while now. Started in breast then Arm, then foot, n now back of her head and she getting headaches? Possibly cancer? I'm nervous

Mother had lumps for a while now. Started in breast then Arm, then foot, n now back of her head and she getting headaches? Possibly cancer? I'm nervous

Evaluation: She should see her doctor to be evaluated and have PetCT and biopsy of dose mass for diagnosis and treatment, there is possibility of cancer. ...Read more

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Hard dime sized lump on head could it be cancer?

Hard dime sized lump on head could it be cancer?

Depends: It can be but doesn't have to be. Please see your doctor for an exam and evaluation. ...Read more

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Are cancerous nodules knots or lumps visible to everybody or is it fell under your skin? For example like on your neck

Are cancerous nodules knots or lumps visible to everybody or is it fell under your skin? For example like on your neck

Cancer nodules: It completely depends on the cancer type and origin. Visible nodules caused by cancer are uncommon. If you suspect a problem or feel a nodule please see your doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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How to tell if these lumps behind my ear are cancerous?

How to tell if these lumps behind my ear are cancerous?

Site near ear: Behind the ear refers to that area from the top of the ear helix to the area just behind the ear lobe. Behin the helix, one sees small nodes of no concern or a small lipoma. Behind the ear lobe one may see the characteristic presentation of a parotid tumor. This should be checked and if so, the parotid must be resected regardless of benign or malignant. ...Read more

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Could lumps on the roof of my mouth be cancer?

Could lumps on the roof of my mouth be cancer?

Maybe: 80% of lesions (lumps) are benign but all must be investigated and most will need biopsy to determine the type of mass. ...Read more

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Could the lumps on the roof of my mouth be cancer?

Could the lumps on the roof of my mouth be cancer?

Depends: Anything that does not appear normal to you should be visually evaluated by a dentist or physician to rule out dangerous lesions. If necessary, a biopsy is performed. Call a local healthcare provider for an appointment. ...Read more

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Hard bony lump on the back of my head! Is it cancer?

Hard bony lump on the back of my head! Is it cancer?

See Dermatologist: A hard bump in the head could in fact be one a several things such as: lipoma, benign cysts, foreign body granuloma, Various bony/soft tissue tumors, or even infectious processes. The best way to rule out a malignancy/cancer is to see a dermatologist. He/she will do an exam and determine whether or not a biopsy is recommended. Since you are very anxious, it is best to schedule an appointment. ...Read more

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Are all rapid growing mole like bumps cancerous? Or can benign lumps grow very fast and turn out to be nothing?

Are all rapid growing mole like bumps cancerous? Or can benign lumps grow very fast and turn out to be nothing?

No, yes: Not all rapid growing mole-like bumps are cancerous. Some benign lumps grow very fast & turn out to be nothing. The problem is we can't tell until we perform biopsy & send sample to pathologist to look at under microscope. ...Read more

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My 16 year old has lumps in various places on his body. They are under the skin and feel like soft marbles. Is there a chance these are cancer?

Lumps Under the Skin: It is very unlikely that these are cancer. They could be one of a myriad of conditions, ranging from innocent "hives, " to a variety of infectious and non-infectious dermatologic conditions. Some hereditary systemic conditions can present this way as well. Naturally, you will want to bring your son to consult with a dermatologist for a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan. ...Read more

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A small lump on my head? This is symptom of cancer? I am a 24 year old men who for the past month or two, had been having headaches that are almost ev

Don't worry: First, you need to see a healthcare provider for your headaches. Second, take a deep breath and relax. Cancer is very unlikely as the cause of your symptoms, including the small lump on your head! It's much more likely you have sinus disease, migraine headaches or chronic tension headaches. Write down when they occur, what makes them better or worse, and other symptoms. This will help your doctor! ...Read more

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I bite my inside bottom lip sometimes, there are 2 lumps when I do that are enjoyable to chew, just a habit, doesn't hurt but I've read it causes cancer?

I bite my inside bottom lip sometimes, there are 2 lumps when I do that are enjoyable to chew, just a habit, doesn't hurt but I've read it causes cancer?

Chronic trauma: Chronic trauma and inflammation may predispose to excessive tissue reaction that may promote cancer, though the risk is small. More important is the possibility of the bite site getting infected and the infection spreading to other organs. You may wish to consult your dentist for a "mouth guard" that would preclude biting. ...Read more

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I have discovered a huge painless lump on the front of my head under hairline which feels like bone distortion is it cancer?

I have discovered a huge painless lump on the front of my head under hairline which feels like bone distortion is it cancer?

Needs to be seen: This may be nothing more than an old calcified subgaleal hematoma, but since you have a concern about it being cancer, it calls for an office visit sometime soon. Good luck. ...Read more

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I found 2 lumps under jaw size of grapes about 7 months ago. Same size, movable, no other symptoms. Can this be cancer? Should I be worried?

I found 2 lumps under jaw size of grapes about 7 months ago. Same size, movable, no other symptoms. Can this be cancer? Should I be worried?

Cancer unlikely: These are likely to be lymph nodes. You should examine the nodes every couple of weeks and see a doctor if any of the following happens:
It more than doubles in size, additional nodes become enlarged, node becomes painful, it ulcerates through the skin, you have unintended weight loss, you have fever. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bone cancer? I have a hard immobile lump on the back of my head, what could have caused it? Is it normal to have a hard lump?

What are the symptoms of bone cancer? I have a hard immobile lump on the back of my head, what could have caused it? Is it normal to have a hard lump?

May be just a cyst: I see a lot of these. The vast majority are just benign cysts, especially in young adults. If it grows or bothers you, that's enough reason to get it removed. ...Read more

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If I have a lump on my neck, should I be worried about head and neck cancer?

Not always: A lump in the neck can be due to infection, fatty tumor, enlarged salivary gland, and sometimes due to cancer too. A lump which continues to grow in a high-risk person (male, smoker, alcohol user, tobacco chewing, poor oral hygiene/dentition) without any signs of infection should raise concerns. ...Read more

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Can an ultrasound detect if lumps in my belly area just under the skin are cancerous?

Can an ultrasound detect if lumps in my belly area just under the skin are cancerous?

Probably not: These superficial type lumps are best evaluated by your physician who will order the appropriate tests for diagnosis and/or he may refer you to a general surgeon for an opinion and treatment. ...Read more

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A small lump on my head? This is symptom of cancer? I consult a doctor 3 months ago he said " its movable no need to worry" but iam too much afraid

A small lump on my head? This is symptom of cancer? I consult a doctor 3 months ago he said " its movable no need to worry" but iam too much afraid

Talk to your doctor: Most likely benign like cyst or similar nature. But if you are concerned them talk to your doctor about taking it out. ...Read more

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I have a lump behind ear on head, hard but slightly mobile. Been there a month but got a little smaller, should I get it checked with dr for cancer?

I have a lump behind ear on head, hard but slightly mobile. Been there a month but got a little smaller, should I get it checked with dr for cancer?

Yes: This may very we be a swollen benign lymph node associated with a resolving infection because it is getting smaller. Please get it checked by a doctor because this is something that needs to be examined and sometimes even biopsied to be sure what is going on. ...Read more

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My fiancé has a little lump under his armpit & he said it hurts when you touch it & when his arm is up by his head. What is it? Could it be cancer?

My fiancé has a little lump under his armpit & he said it hurts when you touch it & when his arm is up by his head. What is it? Could it be cancer?

Could be infection: It could be infection either on the root of the hair, or sweat glands, or other inflammation. he may want to go to see his doctor to get it checked. ...Read more

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Could my neck lump be a sign of cancer? I have a pretty big lump that is visible on my left side especially if I turn my head. I am 21 years old cur

Could my neck lump be a sign of cancer? I have a pretty big lump that is visible on my left side especially if I turn my head. I am 21 years old cur

What about the lump?: If it is VERY large, more than a good inch across, rock hard, and / or stuck to nearby structures, get it seen. Otherwise, it's probably a lymph node and your friend. ...Read more

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Lumps under the jaw bone will be a cancer?

Lumps under the jaw bone will be a cancer?

Not always...: There are many structures that live underneath the jaw including lymph nodes that can become enlarged with recent infection, etc...A thorough history and physical exam by your primary care provider as well as some simple lab tests may be needed to further evaluate this problem. ...Read more

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Hard painful under the skin lumps in armpit! Cancer?

Hard painful under the skin lumps in armpit! Cancer?

Have it examined: Most likely it is either infection of the sweat glands or inflammation of the lymph gland. See your md and have it examined and treated. Antibiotic may likely be needed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Have lung cancer can a lump on the outside of the head mean anything?

Possibly: Lung cancer may spread outside the lung either locally or via blood or lymph channels. A lump on your head may or may not be related but it should be checked by a physician and may need to be biopsied depending on what it looks and feels like. ...Read more