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...
Definition A testicle lump is swelling or a growth (mass) in one or both testicles. See also: Testicular cancer Testicular pain Testicular self-exam Alternative Names Lump in the testicle Considerations A testicle lump that does not hurt may be a sign of cancer. Most cases of testicular cancer occur in men ages 15 - 40, although it can also occur at older or younger ages. Common Causes Possible causes of a painful testicle include: A cyst-like lump in the scrotum that contains fluid and dead sperm cells (spermatocele) Epididymitis Infection of the scrotal sac Injury or trauma Mumps Orchitis (testicular infection) Testicular torsion Testicular cancer Varicocele Possible causes if the testicle is not painful: Hydrocele Loop of bowel from a hernia Spermatocele Testicular cancer Varicocele
Definition A groin lump is localized swelling in the groin area (where the upper leg meets the lower abdomen). It may be firm or soft, tender or not painful at all. Alternative Names Lump in the groin; Inguinal lymphadenopathy; Localized lymphadenopathy-groin; Bubo; Lymphadenopathy - groin Considerations All groin lumps should be examined by your health care provider. Common Causes Allergic reaction Cancer Drug reaction Harmless (benign) cyst Hernia (usually a soft, large bulge in the groin on one or both sides) Infections in the legs Injury trauma to the groin area Lipomas (harmless fatty growths) Sexually transmitted diseases such as genital herpes, chlamydia, and gonorrhea Swollen lymph glands in the groin area
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