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Sunday, January 31, 2010 angela8204, Community Member, asks

Q: I have a hard lump in my right armpit with a hard line coming from it

I thought it was from shaving but it hasn't gone away. It has gotten smaller but sometimes when I'm sleeping and roll over I get a sharp pain from it. The last few times I've taken a shower I've noticed what feels like a hard vein coming from it. Kind of feels like a hard tenden (sp?) but something isn't right. Any ideas what this could be?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
1/31/10 10:16pm

Angela, these "ropy" kind of lumps tend to be evidence of fibrocystic change, which is quite common in younger (20s-30s) women. While not dangerous, it can be painful and bothersome. At any rate, this is something you can't afford to self-diagnose; best to see a doctor in order to rule out cancer for sure, then go from there. Good luck - PJH

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emily, Community Member
1/18/13 1:49am

so could these types of lumps be anywhere on the body?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
1/18/13 7:18am

Emily, I'm a breast cancer survivor, and have studied breast cancer symptoms. But I'm not a doctor, so don't know nearly as much about other parts of the body. This would be a question for a medical professiona, so I suggest you ask your doctor, OK? PJH

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By angela8204, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/15/13, First Published: 01/31/10