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I found a pea size painless lump with a dot on it about two or three months ago in my arm pit. Now, it is the size of my thump nail and it hurts all the time. It still has the dot in the middle of it. It is only on one side and it is my right arm pit. The pain makes my arm and the side of my breast hurt. I also have itching and burning in the arm pit and the arm on the side where this entity is. I have no lumps in either breasts.

I have no insurance and cannot afford any. I am afraid if I go and get it diagnosed with no insurance that i will be a statistic that ends up dying because of poor and no health care. And if it is diagnosed for sure no insurance will pay for it.

Could this possibly be cancer? My kids cannot grow up without a mother. I am so horrified.

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replied March 25th, 2009
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It is, of course, impossible to make a specific diagnosis over the Internet.

Your description sounds consistent with that of an epidermal inclusion cyst, also known as a sebaceous cyst. These cysts can slowly enlarge, and they typically have a small black spot near the center of the cyst. They can become inflamed and infected at times, which can be quite painful. If they are symptomatic, then they can be surgically removed. I must remind you, however, that I cannot tell you if you have this problem, or if it is another problem, though, because it is impossible for a physician to make a diagnosis over the Internet.

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS
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