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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

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.?

Not necessarily: It can be several things and it most likely isn't cancer. You need to get it checked out by a primary care doctor or gynecologist to know for sure. ...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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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

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I'm just wondering, if you have a lump in both breasts does this mean cancer for sure?

I'm just wondering, if you have a lump in both breasts does this mean cancer for sure?

No, not for sure: Lumps can be benign or cancerous. A biopsy is the only way to be sure that cancer is or is not the cause of a lump. ...Read more

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Can immovable lumps in the breast always mean cancer?

Can immovable lumps in the breast always mean cancer?

No: Always and never are words we seldom use in medicine. That said, any suspicious lumps should be evaluated and women should faithfully get their age and risk-appropriate screening tests (like mammograms). Better be safe than sorry.

Oh, and go steelers. ...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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I asked this question before if you have a lump in your vaginal area does it mean you have cancer. I had a partial hyseteomy I have my overies.?

Usually not: Any mass that persist for more than two weeks needs a check; the most common worrisome item is the very benign but annoying bartholin's cyst. ...Read more

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Ultrasound on lump done. Report says birad1, tissue looks fibrocystic. what does that mean? ultrasound done 3x in 2 mths. Change of missing cancer?

Lump cancer?: It means it is compared of fibrocystic tissue. Not cancer. Where is it? Most likely lipomas which is almost never cancer. Discuss with your Dr. ...Read more

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So basically the lump on my left side of neck is like 1 CM or a little bigger ,that means i have cancer ? Its been there for months and is moveable

So basically the lump on my left side of neck is like 1 CM or a little bigger ,that means i have cancer ? Its been there for months and is moveable

Probably not cancer: If the neck lump has changed little in one year and is still just over 1 cm, it is probably just a benign(non-malignant) lymph node or a small cyst or lipoma. However, you should have it examined by a medical profession for their opinion. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if all lumps in the breast mean cancer?

Can you tell me if all lumps in the breast mean cancer?

They do not: The large majority of breast lumps are not cancer. Anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong. Any dominant breast mass, and any mass found on mammography to be suspicious, needs your physician's attention. ...Read more

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Lumps on testicles. Does that mean I should check for cancer?

Lumps on testicles. Does that mean I should check for cancer?

Yes: While a lump on the testicle could be a benign finding, your age is absolutely an indication for further testing. While hydrocele and varicocele are common, you do not want to miss a testicle cancer in this age group. Go see your doctor. ...Read more

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Does puss and breast lumps mean cancer?

Does puss and breast lumps mean cancer?

Not automatically: Pus and breast lumps do not automatically mean cancer. This rather points to clogged gland ducts with resulting infection producing pus. It nevertheless requires attention by a physician. ...Read more

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Does neovascularity mean that a testicular lump is testicular cancer?

Does neovascularity mean that a testicular lump is testicular cancer?

The term means: "new blood vessels". Not sure if this is read from an u/s report, but to answer you question, only a biopsy provides the critical tissue to determine if cancer or not, and if cancer what kind. If the testis is enlarged and this report, i'd get an alph-feto protein and HCG blood test on the way to the or. ...Read more

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If a doctor orders a bronchoscopy, does that mean that you have a mass or cancer?

No: Bronchoscopy has many indications besides evaluation of a lung mass. Sometimes the procedure is done if you are having prolonged cough or coughing up blood. Sometimes the procedure is done to evaluate the size and patency of your airways. Sometimes it is done to retrieve a foreign body that is stuck or aspirated into the lungs (like a coin, tooth, or peanut). ...Read more

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Im25 my doc recently informed me I have a mass the size of a grapefruit on my right ovary does this mean cancer i'm worried.?

Im25 my doc recently informed me I have a mass the size of a grapefruit  on my right ovary does this mean cancer i'm worried.?

Not likely: Very rare in your age group. More likely a fibroid or cyst-neither of which is cancer. Prob best to discuss treatment options with obgyn to see if it needs surgery or observation. ...Read more

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HELP me If You Had A Lump In Your Breast For A Year Does It Mean Cancer?

HELP me If You Had A Lump In Your Breast For A Year Does It Mean Cancer?

Not necessarily: A lump in the breast does not necessarily mean cancer. The risk at your age is very low. However, it would be good idea to see a doctor for an examination to determine if a mammogram or needle biopsy may be warranted. ...Read more

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If a 16-year-old man has a hard lump inside his nipple does that mean he has cancer?

If a 16-year-old man has a hard lump inside his nipple does that mean he has cancer?

Not necessarily: Hormonal changes in this age group can cause gynecomastia which is swelling of breast tissue. See your doctor for an examination to confirm. ...Read more

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Had biopsy result of lump in post nasal space. The result said consistent with adenoide tissue. What does this mean? Is it cancer?

Had biopsy result of lump in post nasal space. The result said consistent with adenoide tissue. What does this mean? Is it cancer?

No...: From what you have described, there is no mention of cancer. Adenoids are a normal part of the body (which can get enlarged). They are a mass of lymphatic tissue situated posterior to the nasal cavity, in the roof of the nasopharynx, where the nose blends into the throat. This fragment of the report looks fine, but talk to the doctor who did the procedure to confirm that everything looked good. ...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

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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Feel a huge lump in my left breast does this mean cancer for sure?

No, but...: It means you really need to see a doctor! your doctor may order an ultrasound to see the lump. If you have a large lump that you can feel, and if it wasn't there before, the only way to know for sure it isn't cancer is to have it biopsied. Please don't let fear of cancer make you wait. It's probably a big cyst, but if it is cancer, the earlier you catch it, the better! take care of yourself! ...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

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I feel i have a painless lump in my left testicle and the penis size doesn't seem normal.can it mean cancer?

I feel i have a painless lump in my left testicle and the penis size doesn't seem normal.can it mean cancer?

Evaluation: You should be evaluated and have ultrasound and possible biopsy and resection of mass to find the cause of problem. ...Read more

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Does new lamp in breast that diagnosed in ultra sound for a women over 60, mean cancer? Lumps in women over 60?

Most not cancer: http://www.webmd.com/breast-cancer/features/breast-lumps-8-myths-and-facts

Most breast lumps are not cancer. Definitive diagnosis usually needs a biopsy and tissue examination by a pathologist.
See the site given above for more information. ...Read more