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a lump at the top of my arm pit. It hurts.

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Three days ago I found a lump at the top of my arm pit. It hurts when I press on it or touch it. I cant wear a bra because the wire rubs against it. I have been getting migraine for 2 years now. I went to a specialist and he said it is common. I am a " diagnose yourself" kind of person. So I went to the Internet and the first thing that popped up was breast cancer and lymph nod cancer. Is there any other reason for the lump. Like infection or bacteria? I get sick really easy but I always have. I have an appointment with my care provider. But in the mean time is there anything I can do or see if I do have a tumor or cancer?

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replied July 25th, 2011
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Hello and welcome to e health forum.

At the age of 22 years, cancer is a highly unlikely probability.

Most probably the lump might be a inflammed lymph node associated with a local skin or systemic related infection.

You might get relief when you see your doctor, who might treat you with a course of antibiotics for a few days.

In the mean time, use of OTC anti-inflammatory medications like Ibuprofen might help relieve the symptoms.

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