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If you feel a lump in your breast, you know enough to take it seriously. But did you know that a lump in your armpit should be taken just as seriously? Read the following FAQS for informatiton about the types and causes of armpit lumps, and guidance on whether/when to see a doctor if you feel one.
Q. I recently noticed a small lump under my left arm, in my armpit. Could this be a sign of breast cancer? A. It could indeed be a sign of breast cancer, for two reasons. First, breast tissue sometimes extends up into the armpit region. A lump felt in your underarm could in reality be a lump in your breast; you just never realized your breast extended that far. Second, the lymph nodes in your armpit filter out any abnormalities (infections, reactions to drugs, cancer) in the same-side chest wall, arm, or breast. So a lump under your arm may indicate that your lymph nodes have identified, and are trying to fight, cancer cells that have reached them from your breast. Q. Well, now I’m...
Alternative Names Lump in the neck Home Care Consult your health care provider to have the cause of the neck lump treated. Call your health care provider if Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you have an abnormal neck swelling, or lumps in your neck. What to expect at your health care provider's office The health care provider will take your medical history and do a physical examination. Medical history questions may include: Is it a hard lump? Is it a relatively soft, pliable, bag-like (cystic) mass? Is it a painless bag-like (cystic) mass? Is the entire neck swollen? Where is the lump located? Has it been growing bigger? Over how many months? What other symptoms are present? Is there a rash ? Do you have difficulty breathing ? If you are diagnosed with a thyroid goiter, you may need medication or surgery to remove it. If the health care provider suspects a thyroid nodule , the following may help in diagnosis and treatment: CT scan of the head or neck Radioactive thyroid scan Thyroid...
Cancer and breast lumps
It is understandable thata newly discovered breast lump maycause fear andconcern, but the fact is that only a small percentage of lumpsturn out to be cancer. Many women have "lumpy breasts" or fibrocystic breast disease , a common and benign (harmless) condition.
If you have this condition, examining your breasts can be confusing and, at times, alarming. It is still very important to check your breasts at the same time each month and bring anything that feels new or different to your doctor's attention. It may be helpful to know that a cancerous lump tends to be hard and unmovable. See breast lump and fibroadenoma .
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