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i have a small pea sized lump on the left side of my neck half way between ear and shoulder. it can be moved if you touch it and hasnt changed in size. i noticed it a year ago when the whole house got a terrible throat cold. my mom died of breast cancer so im terrified of going to the dr. i have an 18 month old who is in day care so we have colds 24-7. im terrified its cancer and going to kill me. i have no other symptoms and had a physical 6 months ago that was clean. Do cancer tumors move? what could it be?

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replied March 2nd, 2011
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Hello and thank you for posting your medical question on E health forum.

The oral cavity is very well supplied with blood (Highly vascular). The lymph from the oral cavity is drained to a group of lymph nodes in and around the neck. Post infection, the presence of inflammation may cause some lymph nodes to persistently remain enlarged.

Nodes that are enlarged and painful to touch or pressure and mobile indicate inflammatory nodes.

Nodes that are enlarged, rubbery, painless and immobile could be due to systemic disorders, chronic infections, STDs (Syphilis), and neoplasia (benign or malignant).

In case of doubts, you might seek a opinion of your treating doctor, who may opt for a biopsy of the lymph node. This will give a definitive diagnosis.

I hope this helps.

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