Don’t dismiss these symptoms, no matter how trivial they might seem. Getting checked out could save your life. You won’t always get a lump or a bump with cancer.
The signs can be much less obvious—and they could point to other health issues as well. It’s key to discuss any of the following symptoms with your doctor for a proper diagnosis.
A lump in the front of the neck
A suspicious neck lump could be a sign of lung, throat, thyroid, and breast cancers as well as leukemia, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and some forms of skin cancer. While the lumps can be benign or non-cancerous, they’re a bigger concern if you also have risk factors like smoking, drinking, or you’re getting up there in years.
Michael Tuttle, MD, an endocrinologist with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, says to pay attention to how the lump behaves. “The trick is [thyroid nodules] move up and down when you swallow,” Dr. Tuttle says. “Most other lumps don’t move.”
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