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How to know if have swollen lymph nodes?

How to know if have swollen lymph nodes?

Feeling them.: You can usually feel them behind the ears and in front. along the sides of the neck also under the chin. Most are benign meaning (not cancer) shows your body might be fighting an infection. ...Read more

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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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How do you know if you have a swollen lymph node?

Look and feel: Looking and feeling...Best to follow with your doc if you are not sure.. ...Read more

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How would you know when you have swollen lymph nodes?

How would you know when you have swollen lymph nodes?

Slight tenderness: You will feel slight tenderness in a small spot that will feel like a little bump under the skin! ...Read more

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How to test if you have cancer or swollen lymph nodes in neck?

How to test if you have cancer or swollen lymph nodes in neck?

See a doc: Swollen lymph nodes can be caused by cancer but also other things like infection. Your doctor will evaluate you and determine if it's proper to watch them for a little while of if they are significant enough to warrant a biopsy. Best to you. ...Read more

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How do you know if a lymph node e.G axilary is cancerous. Any symptoms?

How do you know if a lymph node e.G axilary is cancerous. Any symptoms?

It depends.: This likely depends on the type of cancer, and/or if you have inflammation/infection. A cancerous lymph node in this region from, say breast cancer is hard, firn, somewhat immovable, and painless to touch. If there is inflammation or infection, it can be hot, swollen and sensitive/painful. If you have either of these, you should see your doctor for a full work-up as cancer can still be there. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have enlarged lymph nodes in the neck? Because i can't tell what im suppose to see or feel

How can you tell if you have enlarged lymph nodes in  the neck? Because i can't tell what im suppose to see or feel

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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How can you detect that you have swollen lymph glands?

How can you detect that you have swollen lymph glands?

Feel for them: You can feel for then under the armpits, in the neck, in the area above the collar bones, and in the inguinal region (the front body crease where the leg meets the torso). ...Read more

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How can you tell if lymph nodes are swollen?

Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs and carries things too big to go into the arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and enlarges in response to the inflammation they create when they react. You can feel them then. ...Read more

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How to tell if you have breast cancer, male?

How to tell if you have breast cancer, male?

Palpable lump: Breast cancer in men usually presents as a palpable lump. An ultrasound +/- needle biopsy can usually clarify the situation quickly. ...Read more

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How to tell if you have lymphoma or on going glandular fever?

How to tell if you have lymphoma or on going glandular fever?

Pain: Infected lymph nodes are painful. Lymphoma is not. If your glands have swollen without a cold or sore throat, and don't hurt, and are over about 1 cm, go get them check right away. ...Read more

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How to know if you have prostate cancer?

How to know if you have prostate cancer?

Age and symptoms: prostate cancer while seen in males in their 40's is a more common disease with age such as 70 and older. While PSA doesn't spell yes or no, if a high level present and patient in 50's a biopsy should be performed and if positive, prognosis not good. If enlarged prostate in the 80 yr. old is bx as Ca prognosis is very good. Bx is final method for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me when should I start to worry over an enlarged lymph node?

Doctors can you tell me when should I start to worry over an enlarged lymph node?

Monitoring Centers: The lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph node "tastes" the lymph to see if anything bad is there like bacteria, viruses, cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and enlarges in response to the inflammation they create when they react. If not gone in a week, seek care. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have prostate cancer?

How can you tell if you have prostate cancer?

Biopsy: Generally, biopsy is the best way. But there can be other clues including a rising psa etc. Here is a good overview on prostate cancer and diagnosis. http://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/prostate-cancer. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have breast cancer?

How can you tell if you have breast cancer?

Mass: A dominant mass found by you, or a suspicious mammography can mass, needs to be biopsies for diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do you treat a benign lymph node in your breast?

How do you treat a benign lymph node in your breast?

Watch it: Intramammary lymph nodes are common. They are usually not felt but can occasionally be seen on mammograms. Next, a breast ultrasound should be done. If it has benign characteristics, it can be watched. ...Read more

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Should I have a sentinel lymph node biopsy to find out if there is spread to the lymph nodes?

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Should I have a sentinel lymph node biopsy to find out if there is spread to the lymph nodes?

See specialist: This is an important question to discuss with your dermatologist. If the melanoma is 1-4mm thick, sln biopsy is often recommended. Between 0.7-1mm depends on other features of your melanoma. Since we have yet to demonstrate survival benefits, sln biopsy is still used primarily for staging. That said, discussion with your specialist is essential as each case is different. ...Read more

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How do I know if enlarged lymph nodes are cancerous?

How do I know if enlarged lymph nodes are cancerous?

Biopsy: The only way to know for sure is to undergo a biopsy. This can be tricky for lymph nodes since the nonsurgical approach that we favor (needle biopsy) may sometimes provide insufficient tissue for definitive diagnosis, necessitating surgical excisional biopsy. Often, we can safely watch enlarged lymph nodes in the right clinical situation. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have breast cancer, male.?

How can you tell if you have breast cancer, male.?

New mass: There will be a lump under or near a nipple, probably not painful. Any such bump deserves evaluation by a physician. ...Read more

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How to know you tell if you have throat cancer?

How to know you tell if you have throat cancer?

MD: You need to see a doctor, preferably an ENT (although your family doc or dentist may be able to initiate the work up). This is more important if you have history of tobacco use (any form) or alcohol abuse. Live healthy and best to you. ...Read more

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How to know if you have lung cancer?

How to know if you have lung cancer?

CT scan and biopsy: you would need to get imaging study like CT scan of the chest and biopsy if there is mass on the lung to establish the diagnosis. ...Read more