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I've got a couple lumps near my rib cage that I've had for 6 years or so. They have not changed size and they don't seem to be attached. But i also never had them checked cause i was too scared. It goes a while that I kinda forget about them but the other day someone asked if i ever got them checked out. Then I started getting scared again. A couple of them are pea sized and the other is maybe the size of a grape. Now i no i should get them checked. But my question is after 6 years could they still be cancer?
Before I can give a definitive answer, I need to ask you a few questions about these lumps. Are these under the skin or on the skin? When you say ""near your rib cage", where exactly do you mean? Are they along your side on the rib cage under your arm? Do they have any color to them?
These lumps are under my skin and they dont have any color to them. What i mean by rib cage is under my arm or on my side. One is actually kinda closer to my back.
Thank you for your response, it really clears it up for me. This is my impression, and please realize that this is without having examined you myself. This sounds like a classic case of lipoma. What that means is that there may have been trauma to that area or a nearby area and it caused small pieces of fat to break loose and become deposited elsewhere. you can grab these little bumps and feel like they can be moved anywhere you like under the skin. the thing about these is that they never get bigger, but they never get smaller either. You can have them removed in a simple surgical procedure if you like, or just leave them where they are, there is no risk to you at all. The area you are talking about actually does not have any lymph nodes to speak of that close to the surface, so that rules out lymph involvement. Now, if there is any change in size, any discomfort associated with the lumps, or if the skin ever feels hot or starts to drain where the lumps are, see a physician as soon as possible.
Thank you doctor.
Please feel free to ask additional questions if you need anything else cleared up. Thank you for your question.
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