Avatar universal

Lump, should I get it checked out?

Hi, I'm 19. I have a hard non moveable lump under my skin, directly under my jaw line. I can't get a good picture of it but it makes my jawline less sharp on that side.  It's kinda near my ear but not to close. The other side isn't really like that. I've had this for awhile, not sure how long. I don't have any other noticeable symptoms and haven't been sick. I smoke cigarettes. Not sure if I should be worried and have it checked out. Just want to see what people say before I do because it can be hard to get to my doctor.
4 Responses
Sort by: Helpful Oldest Newest
707563 tn?1626361905
Yes, you definitely should get it checked out, and you should probably do it soon. I'm not diagnosing you with cancer, or anything serious, but when you have a hard, immovable lump, it can indicate that.




They all say that if you have an immovable lump, you should get it checked promptly. I honestly don't want to scare you - it could be nothing serious. You should get it checked, though. Let the office staff know that you have a hard, immovable lump in your neck that you've had for however long, and take a good guess - a few weeks? A few months? - and if they can't see you promptly, go to an urgent care.

Let us know what happens.
Helpful - 0
Hi, thank you for your response. I have a appointment with my doctor tomorrow. I'll let you know what they say and if anything happens from there.
363281 tn?1590104173
Hello~I agree with Emily, you should have it check ASAP, it may be nothing, but when they are hard and immovable, that is a red flag to me. Please do it sooner rather than later, if it IS anything serious, the sooner they catch it, the better.

Please keep us posted on the results.
Helpful - 0
Hi. Yeah, thats what I figured. With it being swollen, hard, and immoveable I should get it checked out. I have a doctors appointment scheduled tomorrow. I'll let you know what they say. Thank you for your response.
1081992 tn?1389903637
One way to not worry too much is to know about the ways that a not-cancer condition can look like cancer. A usual cancer can make a node fixed when it grows right through the node, like sending out tendrils or rootlets. Alternatively, a not-cancer condition can be very inflammatory, so that immune cells create fibers in and even sometimes around a node. Those fibers (fibrosis) can mean that the node stays enlarged for a long, long time - and that it possibly becomes fixed.

Helpful - 0
707563 tn?1626361905
How did it go at the doctor's?
Helpful - 0
Have an Answer?

You are reading content posted in the General Health Community

Top General Health Answerers
363281 tn?1590104173
Nelson, New Zealand
1756321 tn?1547095325
Queensland, Australia
19694731 tn?1482849837
80052 tn?1550343332
way off the beaten track!, BC
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Discharge often isn't normal, and could mean an infection or an STD.
In this unique and fascinating report from Missouri Medicine, world-renowned expert Dr. Raymond Moody examines what really happens when we almost die.
Think a loved one may be experiencing hearing loss? Here are five warning signs to watch for.
When it comes to your health, timing is everything
We’ve got a crash course on metabolism basics.
Learn what you can do to avoid ski injury and other common winter sports injury.