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a painful lump under my right armpit!

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I have a painful lump under my right armpit! What can be the cause and what can be done about it? Breast cancer runs in my family; my sister and three of my aunts!

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replied September 7th, 2011
Breast Cancer Answer A26628
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.‎

The recent onset of a single painful lymph node in the right armpit could be due to a local skin infection. But if it has been persistent for a longer duration could be due to a chronic infection or a systemic disorder.

You might consult a doctor for a physical examination and proper advise. In case of doubt, he might advise you to undergo a biopsy of the lymph nodes for a definitive diagnosis. ‎

I hope this helps

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