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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
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Practicing since : 2004
Answered : 40 Questions
User :   why is there a lump on my ear? its right where the earlobe and neck come together, behind the earlobe also where the end of the jaw bone is. I just want to make sure it is not cancer!

Doctor :   apart from the lobe is there any other symptom?
User :   no not at all.
Doctor :   lump*

Doctor :  
Doctor :  
do you have pain at the site of lump?
User :   no, well yesterday when i realized it again i starting picking at it, seeing if it could move and if i could lift it off my earlobe, and i can i think
Doctor :   ok

User :   before i started picking at it it only hurt a little but when i rubbed my finger across it
User :   now its a little swollen from me picking at it too
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
what is the size of the lump
User :   1/4 the size of a pea yesterday and then about double the size today, just so you know ive had it for about 3-6 months maybe and it has slowy been getting bigger
Doctor :  
User :   im 21 healthy, no cancer in my family at all or anything
Doctor :   this is not cancer
User :   wow thank you so much!!!!!!!!!
Doctor :  
and it looks more likely a sebaceous cyst
User :   how do you know it is not cancer?
Doctor :  
which you have pricked and now it is swollen because of the prick injury
Doctor :  
cancer grows very fast and by the 3 to 6 months you have a big mas which is ulcerating
User :   i also tried to stick it with a neddle...bad idea i know, i just wanted to see if i could pop it
User :   is this very common?
Doctor :   the skin affections like retention cysts are common on the head, face

User :   and do you think i should see a doctor for it?
User :   so it is a infection?
Doctor :   no it was not infection
Doctor :   because of prick there might be a chance of infection

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