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Are Lumps On The Right Foot A Symptom Of Cancer?

I am a 23 year old female. I have had a growing lump for 5 months. that is fixed and firm on the dorsal lateral part of my right foot above the 4th and 5th tarsals. Its apoximately 1.5cm x 4cm and only slightly raised maybe 0.5cm. Has no involvement of the skin and appears to be 2 seperate lobules next to eachother like the shape of an ā€œ8ā€. It is painless. I have had no previous injury. Iā€™m scared this might be cancer. Besides the lump i am otherwise asymptomatic. Should i be worried?
Fri, 7 Jun 2019
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Radiation Oncologist 's  Response
Hello,

A lump in a 23-year-old female can be due to various causes, most commonly could be a lipoma (a fat swelling), some infection and lastly could be because of some cancer and in order to be certain, it requires detailed evaluation.

I would like to know details about this lump - as you have mentioned it is a growing lump, and now it is 4cm, what was the size when you first noticed? How is the consistency of the lump - is it solid or soft jelly-like?

Is the lump fixed or can be moved?

Based on these clues, I would like to take things further and do an MRI of the foot and if needed a biopsy - a small sample of that lump and look under microscope and confirm the true nature of that lump.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Jatin Bhatia, Radiation Oncologist
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Are Lumps On The Right Foot A Symptom Of Cancer?

Hello, A lump in a 23-year-old female can be due to various causes, most commonly could be a lipoma (a fat swelling), some infection and lastly could be because of some cancer and in order to be certain, it requires detailed evaluation. I would like to know details about this lump - as you have mentioned it is a growing lump, and now it is 4cm, what was the size when you first noticed? How is the consistency of the lump - is it solid or soft jelly-like? Is the lump fixed or can be moved? Based on these clues, I would like to take things further and do an MRI of the foot and if needed a biopsy - a small sample of that lump and look under microscope and confirm the true nature of that lump. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care Regards, Dr Jatin Bhatia, Radiation Oncologist