Cancer gives most people no symptoms or signs that exclusively indicate the disease. Unfortunately, every complaint or symptom of cancer can be explained by a harmless condition as well. Some cancers occur more frequently in certain age groups. If certain symptoms occur or persist, however, a doctor should be seen for further evaluation.
Persistent lumps or swollen glands:
Lumps most frequently represent harmless conditions such as a benign cyst. A doctor should examine any new lump or a lump that doesn’t go away.
Lumps may represent cancer or a swollen lymph gland related to cancer.
Lymph nodes swell from infection and other causes and may take weeks to shrink again.
A lump or gland that remains swollen for three to four weeks should be evaluated by a Physician.
– Dr P Sasipriya Govindaraj (Radiation Oncologist)