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Does a lump always mean cancer?

Does a lump always mean cancer?

No: Many lumps are not due to cancer but due to simple reasons like infections (swollen lymph nodes, abscesses), trauma (blood collections), lipomas (fatty tumors). Lumps which keep growing over time need to be checked by a doctor and appropriate testing should be done. ...Read more

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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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Does a lump in your arm always mean cancer?

Does a lump in your arm always mean cancer?

No. : The differential diagnosis for a lump in the arm is long indeed, and includes things that can be easily treated as well as things that are life threatening. One thing is for sure....It is not normal to have a mass on your arm. You should see your dr. To be evaluated. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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What is a mass? Does that mean cancer?

What is a mass? Does that mean cancer?

No: It just means a "lump" of some sort. They can be cysts, lipomas, vascular structures, lots of different things. It doesn't automatically mean cancer. It does mean it should be investigated. ...Read more

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Do painless neck lumps always mean cancer?

Do painless neck lumps always mean cancer?

No: Painless neck lumps are common and very few are cancerous. See your primary care doctor for exam and evaluation. ...Read more

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If a lump is found in your virginal parts does it mean you have cancer.?

If a lump is found in your virginal parts does it mean you have cancer.?

No: So many benign growths are found in vagina beside cancer like cysts , warts, fibromas, only way to tell if it is cancer or not is by biopsy only . All lesions must be biopsied and send to pathology for final verdict. ...Read more

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If my mammogram is normal and I feel a lump, does that mean that it isn't cancer?

If my mammogram is normal and I feel a lump, does that mean that it isn't cancer?

No: A screening mammogram is designed to find cancers that are not palpable; while effective, it can miss 10-15% of breast cancers. If you have a palpable lump, then you need a diagnostic mammogram & ultrasound which will focus in on this lump. Even if these tests are normal, i recommend that you see a breast surgeon for a formal exam, just to be on the safe side. ...Read more

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I have weird lump things on the side of my neck when i push down there painless but i thought lumps probably mean I have cancer?

I have weird lump things on the side of my neck when i push down there painless but i thought lumps probably mean I have cancer?

I bet you're fine: Show your physician at your next office visit, or make an appointment if it keep growing, is stony-hard, and/or sticks to surrounding structures. Most young people have several palpable benign lymph nodes in the neck. ...Read more

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Can a lump on the neck mean cancer?

Can a lump on the neck mean cancer?

Not necessarily: Lumps anywhere are either benign or cancerous. Benign lumps in neck are frequently caused by infections in the throat which are common(colds and coughs due to viruses). But cancer can affect the neck lymph nodes or any other organs like thyroid or inside the mouth, which can show up as an enlarged neck nodes. You need to think cancer when the lump is painless and is continuing to grow for >3-4 wk. ...Read more

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Does a mass found on my bowel mean cancer?

Does a mass found on my bowel mean cancer?

Bowel mass: A mass does not necessarily mean you have cancer. Would see your doctor for colonoscopy, endoscopy, and further evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a hardened testicle and lump mean cancer?

Can a hardened testicle and lump mean cancer?

Possibly: Please get it checked out by a urologist asap. Fortunately there is virtually a 100% cure rate when a testis tumor is found early. Good luck. ...Read more