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small hard lump on my chest PLEASE help me A.S.A.P!!!

hello all i am 16 years old and practily freaking out. I have had a small like 1.5-2 cm lump on right chest right above the breast and it is hard and not painful and it is not attatched to the skin b/c when i move it does not. the weird part is that i have had this for a while like over a year and idk what it is and i am very scared that it might be cancer let me know what you think it is
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replied April 30th, 2011
Lymphoma typically causes painless (and progressive) enlargement of one or more lymph nodes. On the other hand, tender, painful lymph nodes are usually caused by infection or inflammation.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to provide a specific diagnosis over the Internet to patients with concerns regarding enlarged lymph nodes. Therefore, my advice is for you to see your doctor for an examination. If you have persistently enlarged lymph nodes (and especially if they continue to enlarge), then a biopsy may become necessary to rule-out lymphoma, or other cancers involving the lymph nodes.


Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

Author, "A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race"

A landmark, evidence-based guide to a healthy cancer-prevention lifestyle, based on cutting-edge cancer research.
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