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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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An uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion and metastases is what cancer is defined as. It produced abnormal growth of cells which acquire destructive properties causing serious threat to host's life, unless it can be removed or destroyed by ...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

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Lump behind left ear. Hard, doesn't move. Doctor ordered blood work and asked about family cancer history. Could it really be cancer?

Lump behind left ear. Hard, doesn't move. Doctor ordered blood work and asked about family cancer history. Could it really be cancer?

A lump is a lump...: A lump is a lump. The differential diagnosis (DDx) of a lump is very broad. Can it be cancer? Yes. Can it be an infected ear with a reactive lymph node? Yes. Can it be 200 other things? Yes. Work with your doctor to get a history, physical exam, and any necessary tests. And follow up over time. ...Read more

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I'm scared I might have cancer. I have looked on google. I have a lump behind my ear and my throat is kinda tightish.. I also have pains in my neck and all over . I am seriously worrying so much and think I might have anxiety about cancer. I'm a young tee

I'm scared I might have cancer. I have looked on google. I have a lump behind my ear and my throat is kinda tightish.. I also have pains in my neck and all over . I am seriously worrying so much and think I might have anxiety about cancer. I'm a young tee

You're Likely OK!!: Being scared about cancer is understandable. At your age, many people can have lumps behind their ears, various aches and pains, or a tight throat. The antidote to fear is KNOWLEDGE!!! Don't worry yourself into an ulcer -- see a doctor to have your lump and throat checked, so you can get back to being a healthy, non-worrying young adult!!! Good Luck! ...Read more

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I've had swollen lymph node on right side of neck-pea size, harder node behind right ear and hard lump-large marble-base of skull for 1yr.Comp?Cancer?

I've had swollen lymph node on right side of neck-pea size, harder node behind right ear and hard lump-large marble-base of skull for 1yr.Comp?Cancer?

Mastoid process v LN: It's possible you're feeling your own mastoid process -which is a normal boney nodule right behind the ear. Check both sides of your head to see if it's symmetrical -if so, that's what it is. If these are 'asymmetric' findings you should have a physical exam by a doctor who can explain these findings. I would want to know more about your medical condition and risks for cancer, so schedule w/ an MD ...Read more

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I have hard big lump on neck behind ear?

I have hard big lump on neck behind ear?

Lymph node: Probably a lymph node. Whatever it is, you need to see your MD. ...Read more

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I'm worried about a movable lump behind ear. What should I do?

I'm worried about a movable lump behind ear. What should I do?

See your doctor: This type of mass may be a lymph node or may something more worrisome. The parotid salivary gland typically extends just behind the earlobe and may develop tumors in that portion of the gland, called the tail of the parotid. You should have your doctor evaluate this mass. ...Read more

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What can be done for a soft lump behind ear ?

What can be done for a soft lump behind ear ?

Monitor : This may be just a benign lymph node. Monitor the lump for changes such as increasing size, pain, texture, pigmentation. Any of these changes indicate a need for further evaluation. ...Read more

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How do you know if a lump have a hard dot behind ear but don't know its there until you touch?

How do you know if a lump have a hard dot behind ear but don't know its there until you touch?

ENT consult: A lump should be evaluated right away. What you are describing is most likely a benign growth but consult an ENT physician soon. ...Read more

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