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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

Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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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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I have a lump that is VERY painful to even gently touch in my armpit it hurts A LOT and I don't know what it is I'm worried about cancer but idk?

I have a lump that is VERY painful to even gently touch in my armpit it hurts A LOT and I don't know what it is I'm worried about cancer but idk?

Painful lump: A painful tender lump in a young person is more likely to be a cyst, abscess, or swollen lymph node than to be a cancer. It should be examined and treated by a doctor to figure out what it is and treat it appropriately. ...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 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 lump under my neck, I can feel it, it doesn't hurt, but, I'm just scared about it. Three years ago I've checked about this with a doc and he said that it was normal, but, until now, 2017, that lump doesn't disappear. Is it cancer?

I have lump under my neck, I can feel it, it doesn't hurt, but, I'm just scared about it. Three years ago I've checked about this with a doc and he said that it was normal, but, until now, 2017, that lump doesn't disappear. Is it cancer?

No, if no growth: Cancer typically grows, and fairly rapidly. Your lump could be a cyst, thyroid nodule, fatty tumor; you need to consult your PCP and consider a biopsy of the lump if you're really worried or have a problematic family history. ...Read more

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I have this wierd lump close to my knee. It does not itch, but hurts at touch. What is it? I am worried. Could it be a tumor or cancer?

I have this wierd lump close to my knee. It does not itch, but hurts at touch. What is it? I am worried. Could it be a tumor or cancer?

It could be any: Any things, you have to go and checked out, doctor will tell you what are they and recommend the treatment for them. ...Read more

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Small 3/8" scab-lump on scalp won't heal. Been there over 6 months. Does not change in size or hurt. Just won't go away. Afraid its cancer?

Scalp lump: Most skin conditions like this should be evaluated by a physician. In sun exposed areas, tissue damage results in changes in the nature and texture of the skin, including benign things like seborrheic keratosis, but also skin cancers like basal and squamous cell tumors. A biopsy always takes guesswork out of the equation. ...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 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 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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My husbands scrotum always hurts sumtimes really painful he found a mass not cancer cos it moves like. Gel help?

My husbands scrotum always hurts sumtimes really painful he found a mass not cancer cos it moves like. Gel help?

The scrotum: Is external, the contents, testes, epidiymus, spermatic cord or inside. Your doctor might be sufficient to determine if he needs to see the urologsit, a specialist. Pain needs to be discerned as inside or outside the scrotum. ...Read more

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I was feeling my boobs recently and I felt a lump one just the left one. It kinda hurt/ it's sore could it be cancer?

I was feeling my boobs recently and I felt a lump one just the left one. It kinda hurt/ it's sore could it be cancer?

Yes, but not likely.: Breast tumors can often present exactly that way, especially in young women who do not get routine mammograms. On the other hand, women who are menstruating often have tender lumps that come and go with the menstrual cycle. If your lump has persisted more than a month, I would definitely show it to an expert. ...Read more

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Palpable armpit lump 10 days now. Started painful and red. Doesn't hurt now but still there. Healthy otherwise. Cancer?

Palpable armpit lump 10 days now. Started painful and red. Doesn't hurt now but still there. Healthy otherwise. Cancer?

Local infection: It is common for a hair follicle to get infected here. Cancers do not start this abruptly and they do not start painful or red like infections do. An infected hair follicle leaves a lump of healing tissue over several weeks. ...Read more

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I have a lump in my breast. It hurts when palpated. My dr wants to watch it for a month but if it's cancer won't It spread alot by then??

I have a lump in my breast. It hurts when palpated. My dr wants to watch it for a month but if it's cancer won't It spread alot by then??

Get FNA: Fine needle aspiration biopsy is simple, quick and can be done without anesthesia in an outpatient setting. A pathologist can render a quick diagnosis sometimes immediately. In some institutions the pathologist can himself/herself perform the procedure as well. ...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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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