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I have a lump behind ear on head, hard but slightly mobile. Been there a month but got a little smaller, should I get it checked with dr for cancer?

I have a lump behind ear on head, hard but slightly mobile. Been there a month but got a little smaller, should I get it checked with dr for cancer?

Yes: This may very we be a swollen benign lymph node associated with a resolving infection because it is getting smaller. Please get it checked by a doctor because this is something that needs to be examined and sometimes even biopsied to be sure what is going on. ...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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Recurring swollen lump under left armpit. Painful not red. In last, had swollen glands behind ear for months at a time. Worried about cancer. ?

Recurring swollen lump under left armpit. Painful not red. In last, had swollen glands behind ear for months at a time. Worried about cancer. ?

Not likely for you: Your age argues against this being a cancer. It is suspicious for some kind of infection or inflammatory problem. Consider seeing a surgeon or dermatologist to discuss the possibility of hidradenitis. ...Read more

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Is it common for cancer to start or spread to lymph node behind ear? Male 19 no other problems except irritated outer ear skin.

Is it common for cancer to start or spread to lymph node behind ear? Male 19 no other problems except irritated outer ear skin.

Tough to say...: An enlarged lymph node behind the ear can be as simple as a skin and/or hair infection on the scalp (e.g. tinea capitis-- fungal infection on scalp and hair). However, without seeing what your describing on your ear and knowing other symptoms, it's impossible to exclude a potentially more concerning diagnosis. ...Read more

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Does ovarian cancer cause lymph node behind ear to get really big?

Does ovarian cancer cause lymph node behind ear to get really big?

Not likely: Ovarian cancer spreads to the pelvic lymph nodes and peritoneum, i.e., the lining of the abdomen. A single enlarged retro-auricular lymph node is not likely to be due to ovarian cancer. ...Read more

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Pea sized lump behind right ear sometimes tender no other symptoms what could it be, could it be cancer, had this lump for a few days?

Pea sized lump behind right ear sometimes tender no other symptoms what could it be, could it be cancer, had this lump for a few days?

Cancer not likely: A tender lump behind your ear is likely to be a boil or inflammed cyst of some type, not a cancer. You can treat it with warm compresses but if it does not resolve soon, you should see a physician or surgeon as it may require drainage or excision. ...Read more