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Lumps and cancer?



I have had a lump on top of my left rib cage right under the left breast for 11 months now. It is about 5 inches in length and extends towards my left back and is about 3 inches wide. It is very noticable and is hard. I also have a smaller lump located on my outer left side thigh area right below the hip (I guess it is the outer groin area?) This lump appeared around the same time as the other one. I also have night sweats but not sure if that is due to the beginnings of menopause. I am a 43-year-old female.

I am not sure if cancer is even a possibility because the lumps are hard and I do not feel sick. I figure after 11 months, I would probably have more symptoms if it were serious. Should I see a doctor anyway or ignore the lumps and assume maybe they are fatty tumors?

Thank you for your help.


You should see your doctor and tell him or her about the lumps and the sweats.

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Response by:

Joanna M Brell, MD Joanna M Brell, MD
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University