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i think i have cancer of the lymphnodes but my docter wont take me seriously.im 15.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 11, 2008
  • 11:20 AM

when I was 8 years old i got a hard moveable lump on my tummy, and i had it removed and the docters said it was simply a hair or extra tissue. A year later i got a lump under my arm which was soft and moveable, thinking it was the same thing i told no one and waited for it to go away.it didn't though, and it grew alot, then a few years later i got another lump under my other arm and i waited for it to go away by itself but again it didnt so a few months later i told my mother who took me to the docter yesterday but he laughed and said it was just extra skin and tissue and that it wasnt near my lymph nodes.I was unsure if i should trust him so I went onto a website to research lymphoma and i looked for other lumps on my body. I found 2 on my neck which are the same size and feel the same as the one i had on my tummy when I was 8.these lumps just beside eachother, and hard, very moveable and are slightly bigger that pea size.please tell me your views im scared that i left the lumps so long that if they are cancerous i dont have a chance of treatment.

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  • Don't worry. The lumps you feel may very well be lymph nodes, but you shouldn't worry about cancer. Your lymph nodes can swell for many different reasons. They could be in response to many things such as; infections, scrapes, cuts, small wounds, bumps, bruises, and simple viruses. The lymphatic system is the bodies way of cleaning up. Sometimes though, when the body is working to clean up for a long time the lymph nodes can become a bit swollen and hard like the two you found near your neck. I'm sure they are harmless, as you said you can move them around easily and they don't hurt. I'm sorry that your doctor didn't take you seriously and brushed off your concerns about your health. I guess adults sometimes don't realize that young people have fears and worries just the same as them. So as long as your not in pain and you don't experience other symptoms that are bothersome I don't believe you have anthing to worry about. Even though you may hear a lot about cancer in the media, remember it's still fairly rare illness. Take care.
    missbarbiegal23 6 Replies
    • October 12, 2008
    • 00:42 AM
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  • I don't know if you have done this or not, but insist on an ultrasound, and don't quit until they do one. I have heard of many women, young and old who have felt a lump and the doctor has said it's this or that. Be persistant until they do an ultrasound on it.
    zippo22 1 Replies
    • October 12, 2008
    • 03:31 AM
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  • No matter what it is, it can hardly be cancer. You can not have cancer for 7 years and still be relatively OK. I hope though you'll find out what it is. In the mean time please relax. Good luck!
    Felsen 510 Replies
    • October 12, 2008
    • 07:26 PM
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