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Is a fixed lymph node always a sign of cancer?

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I am a 22 year old woman. Two days ago I found a small lump(1 cm) in the submandibular region. It's painful when I touch it (and when I put my head to my chest) but not when I leave it alone. I tried to move it but it doesn't really budge, which made me kind of panic. I had 2 or 3 mouth ulcers in the past week who where really painful but seem to be going away. I also have a minor sore throat. Is a fixed lymph node always a sign of cancer? What could be the cause of this fixed but painful lump?

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replied June 16th, 2016
Lymphoma Answer A57640
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. These bumps are most likely a swollen lymph node and as benign as a cold or sore throat can cause it so nothing to panic about, just take some advil, salt water gargles and hope for the best.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care

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