Oncology (General Cancer)/Lymphnode?

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Hi,

FIrst off I am not sure what expertise would be the right fit but since Cancer is what I am most concerned about I thought I would start here.  I am a 30 year old male.  I recently found a hard painful bump the size of a pea on the back of my ear, almost where the lobe meets the rest of the ear.  I know there are lymphnodes on the head behind the ear but are there any nodes on the actual ear?  This bump is on the actual ear. I do get body acne in weird places so I am hoping its something that simple.

Thanks

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I think you have a sebacious cyst rather than a tumor or a lymph node.  That would be related to the acne.  I would suggest hot packs and if nothing changes over a week or so, you might want your doctor to investigate further.  Normally a physician can tell a cyst from a solid mass by feeling it, and if it is a cyst, a simple drainage procedure can handle the problem.  Hope this helps.  

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Donald Higby, M.D.

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I can answer almost all questions related to the treatment and natural course of most kinds of cancer, especially cancers of prostate, colon, lung and breast.

Experience

I have been a practicing medical oncologist for 36 years, and have been chief of service at a major medical center for 25 years. I've also done research in cancer treatments.

Organizations
American Society of Clinical Oncology

Publications
New England Journal of Medicine American Journal of Medicine Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Hematology Transfusion Medicine

Education/Credentials
MD, Stanford University Internal Medicine residency, St. Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO Medical Oncology Fellowship, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY

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America's Best Physicians, last 14 years

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