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You notice a lump in your armpit – something that wasn’t there before. Don’t panic – but don’t brush it off, either. This simple checklist will help you determine whether or not to see the doctor now, or wait until later.
Did you know that your breast tissue extends up into your underarm area? And that your underarm harbors a cluster of lymph nodes, nodes that can become cancerous? And that, therefore, an underarm lump can be a symptom of breast cancer?
No, I didn’t know that, either. But as a well-read breast cancer survivor, I’ve learned a lot over the past 12 years. And a lot of what I’ve learned is when to pursue diagnosis and treatment – and when to simply wait.
An underarm lump, like a mysterious lump anywhere on your body, can be scary. But rather than worry yourself sick, ask yourself the following five questions; the answers will help you determine just how serious that lump might be, and whether to ca...
Armpit discomfort, including pain, swelling, and a feeling of fullness or numbness, can happen after the following surgeries to treat breast cancer:
lymph node removal
Some of the nerves in your armpit may be cut during surgery, which can cause numbness. If your surgeon had to move around some of the tissue under the surface of your skin, the area may feel tender and swollen.
Your armpit skin is close to your breast, so during radiation your armpit may get irritated and sore while you're being treated. In addition to the radiation, your arm rubbing back and forth on the skin, along with the sweat and hair that's there can make the area more irritated than your breast.
Managing armpit discomfort
Use cornstarch instead of deodorant or antiperspirant to reduce friction of your arm rubbing on the skin. For easy application, put some cornstarch into a thin sock or knee-high and tie a knot at the top. Tap the sock gently against your skin.
Avoid strong soaps, antip...
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
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