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Ok so i have lumps on my rib cage feels like they are on my ribs they are firm and dont move. two on the left above my breast and a few on the right above my breast. There is a large freeform mass on the right which follows my rib but is a different shape to my rib. I had a sore lump appear on the end of my right clavical near my throat that stopped hurting but the lump is still there. I have a new mass between my shoulder and neck which doesnt hurt but is uncomfortable. I had an ultrasound when the initial large mass appeared on my chest and was told it was a lympnode. Went on with life then it grew so i was reffered for a biopsy. Surgeon wouldnt biopsy it as he thought it was bone. Had an xray and its not bone. Waiting on an MRI.. Im worried. My Dr wants to see me on Monday had full bloods done on wednesday gone. I think i have cancer. Help! im only 30! what could it be if not that. BTW all masses remain and are painless.


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replied September 9th, 2011
Cancers Answer A26667
Hello and thank you for posting your health query on E health Forum.‎

Lymph node enlargement is a very common sign and can cause many people to get stressed and ‎lose their sleep.

A few major symptoms and danger signs can help you differentiate very common ‎benign conditions from those indicating conditions like cancer and chronic diseases. ‎

Symptoms like persistent fever, weight loss, night sweats along with multiple enlarged, painless ‎lymph nodes may indicate conditions like lymphoma or cancer.‎

Smaller single nodes, that are tender to pressure without any other signs mentioned above can ‎signify many common conditions including including upper respiratory tract infections, chronic ‎infections like tuberculosis, local asymptomatic skin infections, etc.‎ (Eg the Lymph node near the shoulder and neck)

The lumps described on the ribs could be hypertrophied costal cartilages.

At your young age, the probability of cancers are very less. Hence you need not worry. Once the MRI results are available, all your doubts will be clarified. Hence you should consult with your doctors as and when the reports become available.

I hope this helps



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