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Oncology (General Cancer)/Large Lump Under Skin/ On Right Side of 2nd and 3rd Cervical Vert.


I have noticed a large (grape sized) lump deep under the skin on the back of my neck. It seems to be beneath the muscle and on or next to the 2nd and 3rd cervical vertebrae. It is moderately painful and my neck is stiff. Lymphatic and thyroid issues run in my family, including Graves disease and Lymphoma. However, I am fairly young (29) and in otherwise good health (aside from having a slightly over active thyroid). I don't remember straining my neck at all, but am active so it is a possibility. Is this something to be concerned about?

Yes like all lumps it SHOULD be investigated! Ultrasound scans can give some information. But most important is a biopsy to really KNOW what it is! Easiest and simplest for you would be a fine/thin needle aspiration biopsy - if available. Have it done soonest. Good luck!

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I'm a Doctor of Medicine and specialist in Medical Oncology and Radiation Therapy educated & trained in Sweden. Now retired. Background in Radiation Therapy, Medical Oncology, Radiation Protection, Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic Radiology, Gynecological Oncology, Clinical Pathology, Clinical Cytology,Hematology and Internal Medicine. M.D. from the faculty of medicine, Royal Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. Have also been an exchange student at the Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem Israel. Former medical consultant, Swedish National Board of Radiation Protection. Former Police Surgeon and Medical Examiner, Stockholm Police Department. Former Chief Medical Officer, The Royal Guards, The Royal Horse Guards and the Royal Household Brigade, Royal Swedish Army Medical Corps. You can also reach me on: I have no restrictions in the number of questions there. I also answer questions in these other categories: General History, Military History, Brain Tumors, Breast Cancer, Colon Cancer

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