I've Had A Lump In My Armpit For 6 Years. Should I Worry?

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Asked by Zapotee

I've Had A Lump In My Armpit For 6 Years. Should I Worry?

The lump feels rubbery, is movable, and is painless. It's never changed, and three different doctors have dismissed it as nothing to be concerned about. I've had a negative mammogram. But I'm still worried about cancer. Should I request further evaluation?

Answer

After 6 years, I'd venture to say this armpit lump is just a normal part of your body. Lumps that are cancerous tend to grow and change; in addition, they're fixed in place and hard, rather than rubbery and mobile.

There are any number of types of benign lumps it could be, such as a fibroadenoma, sebaceous cyst, a lipoma (fatty tumor), etc. Since three different doctors have told you it isn't dangerous, and since it hasn't changed, I don't think you need to worry about it.

The next time you're in the doctor's office, you might ask the doctor what kind of lump he thinks it is, just for you own peace of mind.  If you ever notice significant changes, bring it to the doctor's attention again.

Answered by PJ Hamel