I am a 19-year-old male, and I just recently noticed a small lump in my neck (about 2 inches below my ear, closer to the back of the neck). Its not really hard, nor is it too soft, kind of in between.
I have no family history of cancer, and have had on-and-off neck pain for a few years now. I've seen a chriopracter, and apparently this pain is due to muscle and joint issues. I'm having no other symptoms of Hodgkin's or Lymphoma, and I do tend to get cysts every now and again (so far I've had about 4 cysts in my arm, ear, and face).
I also don't have a sore throught, hoarse voice, or ear infections. I'm just wondering, is there a chance that its NOT cancer? Yes I made an appt with my GP, but just want a second opinion.
UPDATE: I went to my GP, and she said that they're not swollen, but those bumps were lymph nodes. she said they're supposed to be there, and didn't seem at all concerned. I have just one question --> how will i know, then if they're swollen and not "just there"? About how much should they protrude from my neck (i.e. how visible should they be) so that I know i need another opinion?