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Lump in armpit

I have been reading your other posts and have similar questions about a garbanzo sized lump I just noticed last night in the middle of my armpit. I touch my armpits often, (washing ,shaving etc.) It seems to have appeared over night. It doesn't really hurt, however as I am poking and prodding it, it seems to be a bit tender. There is no redness or disruption of the skin and does not look like a pimple. If I raise  my arm and extend it, turn to the side, I can see clear bump. I have never had anything like this before and am worried. i would also like to note that I don't use deoderent  but I do use the salt crystal. Could that have anything to do with it?  I have read all your comments and clearly want to have it checked. My crucial question is What do you do if you don't have Health Insurance?  and don't make enough money to have a personal Dr. look at it? Can you help me out with any suggestions please? Thank You for your time and Professional opinion. zzena in ~Chula Vista, Ca
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1119363 tn?1330359040
In this community, we are not necessarily medical professionals, but ladies with experience of brreast cancer.  Most of the time, a sudden lump in your armpit is duer to something other than cancer, but it could still be a sign of infection or other problem.  Making the decision to get it checked out is good.  Is there a women's clinic in your area or a reduced-cost regular clinic?  You can check with other assistance organizations (food pantries, First Call for Help, others) who may be able to help you find a clinic.  Also, try contacting the American Cancer Society in your area, as they may know of other resources.  I am thinking of you.
1522432 tn?1397126426
Tumors usually arent tender but still go see a dr. They palpate it, do mammography and take fine needle aspiration and send it to pathologists in order to see if its cancer cells or not. There should be several ways to reduce the cost for a check up like cheerpul nicely described, use it.
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Thank You both for your feedback. That is very helpful and great advice. I did call around today. I didn't feel like I got much help but will press on tomorrow. I got mixed messages about the severity of it, but for my own peace of mind I want to get it looked at. Thank you again for your help!  
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