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Don't get yourself all worked up. I had a similar case a couple of weeks ago. I have had a few malignant basel cell carcinoma spots cut out, including one 8 session mohs surgery on my face. But that's just the good skin cancer. If ya gotta have something cancerous, that's about the best.
But I had a bump behind my knee that grew quickly, got crusty, and turned black and raggedy. Classic symptoms of malignant melanoma, which spreads far and quickly. I was scared sh!tless! That was right there by the 2nd largest vein in your body, and I had mental images of little cancer cells swimming up and down my leg and beyond. I could hardly eat or sleep until I go to the doc. He assured me that it might be pre-cancerous, but it was definitely not melanoma. Biopsy came back just fine on Monday.
So I got myself all worried and worked up for nothing. I know it is easy to say don't worry, but, don't worry.
Steve, you are right I think people get themselves more worried and worked up than they should. I still blame the internet and all the information that we get bombarded with. I am still nervous and all but I am not going to get myself all worked up. I hope.
I was in a somewhat similar situation a few years ago. My neck lymph nodes were enlarged and a little painful. I panicked first, I took care of the matters to make sure my loved ones were taken care of and then my dentist called me for regular dental cleaning. I saw no purpose in having that done but somehow I went. It turned out I had a small abscess around one of my teeth and that did it. The dentist also told me that constant touching of the glands (which I did) was another reason they got larger.
There can be a thousand reasons for what you have, most trivial, and it's good the doctor is checking it out.
All the best Ron.
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OK saw the surgeon today. He said it is best to remove the lump. He feels 80% sure it is a lymph node but there is a 20% chance its a fatty tumor. I am scheduled to have it taken out on Dec 9th at noon. So I will post more when I find out more.