Lumps in the neck
If cancer begins to grow in the lymph nodes, it might show up as a painless lump in the neck.
Enlarged lymph nodes are much more likely to be caused by an infection than cancer.
But if you have a lump on your neck that does not go away after 2 to 3 weeks, a specialist doctor should look at it.
What does a cancerous tumor feel like?
Bumps that are cancerous are typically large, hard, painless to the touch and appear spontaneously. The mass will grow in size steadily over the weeks and months. Cancerous lumps that can be felt from the outside of your body can appear in the breast, testicle, or neck, but also in the arms and legs.
What could a lump in my neck be?
The most common lumps or swellings are enlarged lymph nodes. These can be caused by bacterial or viral infections, cancer (malignancy), or other rare causes. Swollen salivary glands under the jaw may be caused by infection or cancer. Lumps in the muscles of the neck are caused by injury or torticollis.
Is a neck lump cancer?
Most neck lumps are benign, but cancer is a possible cause. For adults, the chance that a neck lump is cancerous increases after the age of 50, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Cancers that show up as a lump in the neck could include: thyroid cancer.
Are cancerous lymph nodes hard or soft?
These characteristics can be useful in suggesting the cause of the lymph node swelling. For example, a hard, nontender, non-moveable lymph node may be more characteristic of a cancer spread to that node. On the other hand, a soft, tender, moveable lymph node could more likely represent an infection.