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I wanted to know when you have breast cancer does the lump hurt when you touch it?

I wanted to know when you have breast cancer does the lump hurt when you touch it?

Not usually: Pain is not a common presenting symptom in patients with breast cancer. Though it can be, it is not common. A tender lump could be a cyst, or (also uncommon) an infection (more common in breastfeeding patients). Definitely a good idea to see your dr and have an exam, find out if you need any imaging done, . ...Read more

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I have a lump/knot on the left size of my neck, it does hurt be it's worrying me. I had blood work done about 3 weeks ago and everything was good. Could this lump/knot be cancer?

I have a lump/knot on the left size of my neck, it does hurt be it's worrying me. I had blood work done about 3 weeks ago and everything was good. Could this lump/knot be cancer?

Follow up with doc: If it doesn't get smaller and go away or continues getting bigger, especially if it is hard, firm, and immobile, it makes sense to think about biopsying it for your peace of mind. If you and your doctor decide to do this, a referral to an Otolaryngologist or Ears Nose and Throat surgeon would be a good idea. If you have had a recent viral infection or sore throat, that may be the cause. ...Read more

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I have a lump under left armpit, dr thinks it's only a cyst i go for test tomorrow, it's painful could this be cancer some say cancer doesn't hurt?

I have a lump under left armpit, dr thinks it's only a cyst i go for test tomorrow, it's painful could this be cancer some say cancer doesn't hurt?

You are right: Cancer commonly is a painless bump/lump. But some tumors can be tender. Armpit is prone to get infection in the hair follicles which can produce a red, tender painful lump but it usually settles down in one to two weeks. Breast cancer, of course can spread to the lymph nodes of the armpit and produce a firm, painless lump there. That is what you need to be sure about. ...Read more

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hard lump on my ribs hard like bone on top of my ribs doesn't move at all sometimes kinda hurts to touch...do you know if this could be cancer?

 hard lump on my ribs hard like bone on top of my ribs doesn't move at all sometimes kinda hurts to touch...do you know if this could be cancer?

No: The chance that this is cancer is near zero. I bet you fractured the run at one time or another and did not notice. Or some of these bumps exist from birth. ...Read more

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I have a small movable ball of a lump in my neck, only felt when you press under my adam's apple in the center, and it hurts, possibly not cancer?

I have a small movable ball of a lump in my neck, only felt when you press under my adam's apple in the center, and it hurts, possibly not cancer?

Probable thyroid: Directly under the adam's apple is the cricoid cartilage which can be felt as a firm lump. However there is also an extension of the thyroid, the pyramidal lobe, in which nodules can form. As both will move up and down with swallowing it can be hard to tell them apart. Suggest you see md. ...Read more

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I found a small lump on my finger, now it's growing & starting to hurt, hope it's not cancer?

I found a small lump on my finger, now it's growing & starting to hurt, hope it's not cancer?

Need for examination: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining the lesion. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Hard lump on bone in armpit. It doesn't hurt but it's been there for 4-6 months could I have cancer?

Hard lump on bone in armpit. It doesn't hurt but it's been there for 4-6 months could I have cancer?

Calcified Nodule: Your armpit is usually mostly fat and pilosebaceous glands and maybe some lymph nodes. What you may have is not a bone but most likely a calcified cyst or calcified lymph node. If you have a family history of cancer, see your doctor for definitive diagnostic biopsy.. ...Read more

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Hard pea size lump in top right area of abdomen(under ribs), doesn't hurt but when i jog, i can feel what seems like a side stich...Chance of cancer?

Hard pea size lump in top right area of abdomen(under ribs), doesn't hurt but when i jog, i can feel what seems like a side stich...Chance of cancer?

Not likely...: ...But there is no way to know for sure with an online consultation. If you are worried about this please see your doctor so you can have a full examination. Don't let anxiety about this get you. ...Read more