• amy amy
    May 14, 2011
    I got a lump or something under my armpit should I get it checked out or is it something not to worry about ?
    amy amy
    May 14, 2011

    I noticed it there about 2-3 weeks ago, it's a bit sore & it's still there, & I'm 23 had 2 aunties had breast cancer and later passed away

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  • Phyllis Johnson
    Health Guide
    May 14, 2011
    Phyllis Johnson
    Health Guide
    May 14, 2011

    Amy, your armpit is filled with lymph nodes.  Sometimes one can become swollen as your body fights an infection.  Sometimes a swollen lymph node can be a sign of cancer.  Not every lump in the armpit is a lymph node.  Sometimes a harmless cyst can develop there.  It's a good idea to check with the doctor about any breast or armpit changes that last longer than a month.  I wouldn't say that this is a problem to worry about because probably the cause is benign.  It is a sign that needs to be checked out.  Read this article about armpit lumps for more background information.


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