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Have stiff round ball in left side of neck. How can I come to know if it is dangerous ?

hello, I am 28 years old female,i have noticed a stiff round ball in left side of my neck.its slightly bigger than a peanut and moves when touched and it hurts too.I dont have any family history of cancer .What tests should i take and how can i know if its dangerous or not.
Asked On : Thu, 25 Aug 2011
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Radiologist 's  Response
welcome to HCM.All swellings need not be cancerous.Get a thorough check up by a surgeon preferably to ascertain-type of swelling etc..An ultrasound will let you know whether solid-or cyst(fluid).If fluid most likely infection or inflammation.Biopsy can be diagnostic and therapeutic if fluid aspiration can be done in same sitting.Commonest swellings are lymph nodes from oral,scalp,ear infection.Take care.And let us know what you did.
Answered: Wed, 12 Oct 2011
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Cardiologist Dr. Naresh Ruparelia's  Response
hi well come to HCM.
Its not any tumor or swellig is cancer. Yes it must be ruled out as and when there is
Doubt and observed if its at common site where cancer are seen frequently. You
should consult your Doctor but final answer you get is only with biopsy. It could
be common things like Dandruf, simple infection or tuberculosis and cancer comes
last at your age. Thanks
Answered: Thu, 25 Aug 2011
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