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Thursday, September 18, 2008 Dorothy, Community Member, asks

Q: lump in armpit

I have a lump in my right armpit and I am not sure if it's growing or if it's my imagination.  I have had it for almost 6 months.  Sometimes I think it aches a little bit and sometimes my right arm aches a little.  I am just not convinced that it needs to be looked at.  We have moved to a new city and I don't have a doctor here yet.  Like I said, I try to compare the right with the left and it looks like the right is bigger.  It is about the size of a small egg, maybe not quite that big.  I can press in on it and move it sometimes.  It doesn't feel hard.  I had a mammogram last year and it came back normal. Sometimes I feel a sort of ache off to the right of my breast towards myarmpit.  Should I be concerned?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
9/18/08 8:16pm

Hi Dorothy: Breast lumps (and lumps in the armpit, as well) are always something you should have looked at. The chance is very small it's anything serious; could be a cyst (since it feels soft and moveable), or... who knows? Pain generally isn't a sign of breast cancer. But you need to get it checked out to rule out breast cancer. I know it's difficult finding a new doctor, but I'd go to the hospital or whatever health care clinic you can access, tell them you have a lump in your armpit you're worried about, and they should be able to set you up with someone to at least give it a look. Better to know what's going on, then to just worry, right? Good luck - PJH

Angi, Community Member
9/19/08 11:49am

Hi Dorothy!

Whether it's considered a breast lump or a possible inflamed lymph node your best bet would be to have a doctor look at it - as they can do not just a mammo, but an ultrasound or other diagnostic tests to determine if it's a cyst -or something fluid filled or solid.

Lumps should always be taken seriously and checked out, because even if it's nothing it's still something that they can check out and get baseline info for to use in the future.  Plus it will ease your worrying and make you feel better.

So go through your provider list - most doctors will try to get you in asap to get it checked.

Good luck!


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By Dorothy, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/13/12, First Published: 09/18/08