16th October 2019

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Can a painful lump in armpit be cancer?

For example, a cyst, infection or fatty growth may feel soft to the touch. However, fibroadenomas and cancerous tumors may feel hard and immobile. Some people may experience pain with an armpit lump. Lymph node infections may also cause painful lumps in the armpit.

Moreover, how do you know if a lump is cancerous?

In general, cancerous lumps tend to be more irregular in shape. They may also feel firm or solid, and might be fixed to the tissue in the breast. However, in a small percentage of women, a painful breast lump turns out to be cancer. Cysts, which are fluid-filled lumps, are common in the breast and are benign.

Are Cancerous tumors hard or soft?

When the physical examination is highly suggestive of cancer, a biopsy is generally done even if the mammogram does not show a suspicious lump. Hard lumps are often considered more suspicious than soft ones. Soft, movable (mobile) lumps are generally less suspicious.
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