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Do painless neck lumps always mean cancer?

Do painless neck lumps always mean cancer?

No: Painless neck lumps are common and very few are cancerous. See your primary care doctor for exam and evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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Painless lumps on both sides of neck, from past one month which are growing slowly. Age:22, female. Will that results in cancer. Worried. Please help?

Painless lumps on both sides of neck, from past one month which are growing slowly. Age:22, female. Will that results in cancer. Worried. Please help?

Neck lumps : Most lumps on neck are due to inflamed lymph nodes which most of the time are of benign nature. Infections can cause this type of reaction and they usually resolve on their own or after infection has resolved. Lymph nodes that persist, are hard and do not move need to be checked more closely. If that is the case a visit to the ENT is recommended. ...Read more

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I have weird lump things on the side of my neck when i push down there painless but i thought lumps probably mean I have cancer?

I have weird lump things on the side of my neck when i push down there painless but i thought lumps probably mean I have cancer?

I bet you're fine: Show your physician at your next office visit, or make an appointment if it keep growing, is stony-hard, and/or sticks to surrounding structures. Most young people have several palpable benign lymph nodes in the neck. ...Read more

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I have 3 lumps in my neck for years. 2 are soft, movable and pea sized. The other is hard and doesn't move. Should cancer be a concern?

I have 3 lumps in my neck for years. 2 are soft, movable and pea sized. The other is hard and doesn't move. Should cancer be a concern?

Swollen lymph node: A persistently swollen node is concerning and needs to be worked up. Your ENT will likely order a biopsy (FNA, fine needle or open). It is important to understand what process is going on. A pathologist will review your biopsy and hopefully provide answers. Cancer is possible and should be ruled out with the biopsy. ...Read more

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Are small lumps on the side of neck a prominent sign of cancer?

Are small lumps on the side of neck a prominent sign of cancer?

Maybe: The lumps you describe might be enlarged lymph nodes. Knowing what causes their enlargement depends on more history: how long have they been enlarged, have you had a cancer of the head and neck, etc. It could be from an infection, but it might also be cancer, especially if you already have a cancer diagnosis. See your doctor. ...Read more

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3 pea sized lumps in neck that come and go, right above my adams apple. What are they? Do I have cancer? Also they do not move

3 pea sized lumps in neck that come and go, right above my adams apple. What are they? Do I have cancer? Also they do not move

Maybe reactive nodes: This sounds like reactive lymph nodes. Do you have acne? Sometimes in people with skin problems and skin infections the lymph nodes in the neck will swell. You should discuss this with your doctor or see and ENT doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I had thyroid cancer 5yrs ago and now I have two swollen lumps in my neck , really tired? Cancer again prob aye

I had thyroid cancer 5yrs ago and now I have two swollen lumps in my neck , really tired? Cancer again prob aye

Maybe: Go back to your surgeon and/or endocrinologist. Thyroid cancer recurs in the lymph nodes with some frequency and is usually curable with appropriate treatment, especially if you are young and had either papillary or follicular thyroid cancer. ...Read more

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When there is cancer in the head and neck. Lumps are a symptom. Now do they mean the cancerous lump in lymph nobes? Or lumps grow anywhere In the neck

When there is cancer in the head and neck. Lumps are a symptom. Now do they mean the cancerous lump in lymph nobes? Or lumps grow anywhere In the neck

Cancer head and neck: Cancer has usually moved (metastasized) to lymph nodes as lymph flows out of primary tumor and into lymph nodes as it tries to get back to venous system. ...Read more