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Child with lump on the neck. No pain. Worried about cancer

Yes, my son has a small lump on his neck. Its hard and about 1.5 cm in size. It does not hurt him. said he noticed it about a week now. We went to doctor , he prescribed an antobiotic, but my son has not been sick. if it does not go away in 10 days , we have to get a biopsy. i'm really scared it is cancer. What do you think. Doctor said to my son that he was a puzzle for him today, not sure what it is!!
Asked On : Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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Hi dear,
You need not worry much about the lump. Its probably lymph node enlargement. Children don't get cancer most of the times as elders do. 95% of the chance is it will be not cancer. Biopsy will come mostly nonspecific lymphadenitis. It could be due to infections of head, mouth, head lice, dandruff etc.

I will be happy to answer any further queries in this regard.

Take Care,
Dr. Balaji Chinnasami, MD
Assistant Professor- Pediatrics

Answered: Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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