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Dr. Nancy Simpkins
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Are cancerous lumps painful?

Are cancerous lumps painful?

Usually not: Cancerous lumps are usually not painful unless they are sitting on a nerve or a bone. ...Read more

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What are the characteristics of cancerous lumps? Should they be painful? Are they mushy?

What are the characteristics of cancerous lumps?  Should they be painful?  Are they mushy?

Variable: Usually cancerous lumps like in the breast are hard and don't move well. Benign ones are usually softer, moveable, and can be tender. No way to tell for sure without seeing a doc and perhaps doing a biopsy depending on the physical findings. Have someone look at it! ...Read more

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Im 17y. i have elongated lumps both side of my groin and under them smaller lumps bigger lumps 2-3cm smaller 1cm.i can move them.cancer? not painful

Im 17y. i have elongated lumps both side of my groin and under them smaller lumps bigger lumps  2-3cm smaller 1cm.i can move them.cancer? not painful

See doctor: Bilateral lymphhnode enlargement needs to be investigated. It could be due to infection and tumor of lymph glands cannot be excluded from what you described. Please consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Liawaty Ho
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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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I recently found a lump in my armpit. It's pretty painful. I now have three lumps in my armpit that are painful and slightly red. Cancer symptom?

I recently found a lump in my armpit.  It's pretty painful.  I now have three lumps in my armpit that are painful and slightly red.   Cancer symptom?

Not really: Cancer in the armpit essentially represents metastasis to the lymph nodes high up near the axillary vein. They are for the most part painless and would not be associated with redness. Rather one would expect inflammation of the sweat glands right under the skin for which warm soaks and possibly antibiotics would be effective. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Are very painful breast lumps associated with cancer?

Are very painful breast lumps associated with cancer?

They can be.: A common misconception is that if a woman has a tender, painful lump in their breast, it is unlikely to be cancer. While it is true that many women with breast cancer do not have breast pain, the presence of pain does not exclude cancer as the cause. Bottom line: a new lump in the breast, painful or not, warrants medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Are breast-cancer lumps painful to have?

Are breast-cancer lumps painful to have?

Not usually: Bryce: a lump that is close to the nipple where a lot of nerve endings are located can be painful and one closer to the armpit where there are also a lot of nerves can be painful. A lump in the main part of the breast is usually painless, hard and non-movable. Any lump should be checked out though. I recommend you call it to your doctor's attention so that appropriate testing can be done. ...Read more

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An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...Read more


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