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Lump on left breast for 4 weeks - feels on surface, not "in" breast. No visible skin changes, or changes to breast shape. Also enlarged left supraclavicular lymph node. Only 23 - is cancer possible?

Lump on left breast for 4 weeks - feels on surface, not "in" breast. No visible skin changes, or changes to breast shape. Also enlarged left supraclavicular lymph node. Only 23 - is cancer possible?

Possible: Persistent breast lumps, regardless of age, should be aggressively evaluated. See your primary physician for referral to a surgeon, a breast center for mammogram and possible ultrasound with biopsy if required. No more waiting- get acting. ...Read more

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Is a small, flat, oval shaped, painless movable thing on the side of my neck a normal lymph node? Not visible, only palpable. My brother has it too.

Is a small, flat, oval shaped, painless movable thing on the side of my neck a normal lymph node? Not visible, only palpable. My brother has it too.

Could be..: Lymph node, lipoma (fat collection), cyst (pocket of fluid that is usually meaningless), fibrous scar. If you have sweats, fever, weight loss, or if it becomes painful or begins to enlarge; then have it checked. ...Read more

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I have a lump just to the right of the top of my sternum. Could this be a lymph node? I'm really scared. It's feels shaped weird

I have a lump just to the right of the top of my sternum. Could this be a lymph node?
I'm really scared.
It's feels shaped weird

Sternoclavicular jt: Injury or arthritis can cause the sternoclavicular joint (SCJ) to become swollen and more prominent. The right and left SCJs are just off the midline at the base of the collarbones as they attach to the sternum. A thorough orthopaedic exam an specialized X-rays will help make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Had ultrasound - finding: upper right groin area ovoid shaped lymph node measuring 3.6 x 0.8 cm. What is the possible diagnosis?

Had ultrasound - finding: upper right groin area ovoid shaped lymph node measuring 3.6 x 0.8 cm. What is the possible diagnosis?

More detail please: did the ultrasound mention whether the lymph node looked normal (other than the size)? usually a biopsy is in order for a lymph node this large. you should make sure you are up to date on your GYN exams and that you don't have any unusual skin lesions on your lower extremities or pelvic area. you may need an excisional biopsy rather than a needle biopsy. ...Read more

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Lymph node (doc.confirmed) in groin for 6+ months, bean shaped,1.5cm length, doesn't move when standing, moves slightly when lying down.Is this normal?

Lymph node (doc.confirmed) in groin for 6+ months, bean shaped,1.5cm length, doesn't move when standing, moves slightly when lying down.Is this normal?

Lymph nodes: The size, shape and location of this bean shaped lymph node are consistent with a lymph node and you said that the doctor confirmed it. It sounds like what is called a 'persistent lymph node' and these need to be biopsied after 3 or 4 months to make sure they aren't cancerous but otherwise they can just be monitored. ...Read more

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I found a firm marble sized formation behind my chin/outside mouth area. It is very firm and is circular in shape. It doesn't move when pushed. Lymph node located on right side of vocal box above Adam's apple has turned on. About the size of a pea.

I found a firm marble sized formation behind my chin/outside mouth area. It is very firm and is circular in shape. It doesn't move when pushed. Lymph node located on right side of vocal box above Adam's apple has turned on. About the size of a pea.

Nodule: It could be a sebaceous cyst, a cystic acne lesion, a firm lymph node or some other type of cutaneous nodule. How long has it been there, is it tender, is it red and hot to touch? There are a variety of things that need clarification and an exam is most important. See your primary care doctor initially and if it needs removal she/he may refer you for further care. ...Read more

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I have one swollen inguinal lymph node. Its soft, moveable, about 1 cm, & heart shaped. It could be 2 that are matted. Its hard to tell. Causing panic

Groin lymph nodes: Don't panic. These nodes are usually the largest in the body because they are located in an area that isn't clean and they have to manage a lot of activity. If they don't hurt and you don't have any new symptoms (vaginal discharge or foul odor), then just keep an eye on it/them. If painful or not going away, you can show a doctor. ...Read more

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60yo mom's mammogram found an irregular shaped, enlarged, non-fatty lymph node near breast. Any reason not cancer related? 4 masses in right breast only too

60yo mom's mammogram found an irregular shaped, enlarged, non-fatty lymph node near breast.  Any reason not cancer related? 4 masses in right breast only too

Breast lump: There are other possible causes but a biopsy is necessary to make the diagnosis and get proper treatment underway. Even breast cancer has a high success rate for response in most cases, especially after menopause. ...Read more

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Can you pop a lymph node?

Can you pop a lymph node?

Not poppable: 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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What are the normal lymph node sizes?

What are the normal lymph node sizes?

What is "Normal": Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins 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 come in all sizes from pea to lima bean. The are not usually easily felt. ...Read more

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What does the aortocaval lymph node do?

What does the aortocaval lymph node do?

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 serious are lymph node enlargements?

How serious are lymph node enlargements?

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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What does a normal lymph node feel like?

What does a normal lymph node feel like?

Can't feel normal 1: 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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Can i pop a lymph node outside the body?

Lymph Nodes: There are no lymph nodes outside the body. They are also not air filled cysts but are dense tissue that is not 'poppable'. ...Read more

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What could cause a lymph node to enlarge?

What could cause a lymph node to enlarge?

Lots of things: Swollen lymph nodes may be swollen due to inflammation, infection, lymphoma, cancer, sarcoid or castlemann's disease.

I am sure there are other possibilities but off the top of my head these seem to be the most common. ...Read more

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Hard moveable 1 CM lymph node what is it?

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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Have a lymph node but why it did not hurt?

Have a lymph node but why it did not hurt?

Lymph node: We all have lymph nodes. They can swell in response to inflammation or infection. Swollen nodes may or may not be uncomfortable with pressure. If you have chronically enlarged nodes that would warrant evaluation. ...Read more

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How to determine if my lymph node is hard?

Function/condition: 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 your body reacts. They enlarge/hard in response to the inflammation created when they react. ...Read more

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Can a lymph node feel spongy when pressed?

Can a lymph node feel spongy when pressed?

Lymph node.: Lymph nodes can feel spongy, which usually suggests that they're benign. On occasion they are rock-hard, like a little pebble, a quality which may suggest that they're more concerning medically-speaking. ...Read more

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Should lymph node margins be sharply defined?

Should lymph node margins be sharply defined?

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells/digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph everywhere for bad stuff 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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At what rate does a lymph node become hardened?

At what rate does a lymph node become hardened?

Maybe never: Lymph nodes may never harden. If they do, they need immediate evaluation as the risk of tumor in these nodes is increased. ...Read more

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Can you have a benign reaction in a lymph node?

Can you have a benign reaction in a lymph node?

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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Is it possible to have an overactive lymph node?

Is it possible to have an overactive lymph node?

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