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Re: Stomach Lump
Dec 10, 2003
[QUOTE=mich87]I have a lump under my skin just under my rib cage. I've had it for 6 years but have never got it checked out and I'm afraid that it could be cancer. It is quite hard but movable.It has grown slightly over the years and is a little bigger than a pea. A year ago my blood pressure showed up high and I had blood tests,chest x-ray and ecg done but nothing showed up. Is high blood pressure related to cancer? There is no history of cancer in my family and I am 25 years old. Any information appreciated.[/QUOTE]

The lump is probably a cyst of some sort: the human body does many things like that. Your high blood pressure is likely not related to cancer, but it is a serious health condition on its own. You should monitor your blood pressure closely, watch your salt intake, eat a heart-healthy diet, quit smoking if you smoke and/or end any chronic exposure to second-hand smoke you may have, lose weight if you're overweight, control stress, try meditation, and exercise regularly. High blood pressure can also be caused/worsened by anxiety. Educate yourself about how to manage high blood pressure and exercise regularly: you should be fine.

If you don't have a primary care physician, you should get one. A primary care physician will check out your lump and may drain/remove it if it is a cyst, which should put your mind at ease, there.
Re: Stomach Lump
Feb 9, 2004
Sebaceous cysts can feel quite hard, depending on their location. In any case, the surgeon will be able to make a good guess after removing the lump, but he will also send the lump to a pathology lab for evaluation by a pathologist.
Re: Stomach Lump
Feb 18, 2004
[QUOTE=mnemosyne]Sebaceous cysts can feel quite hard, depending on their location. In any case, the surgeon will be able to make a good guess after removing the lump, but he will also send the lump to a pathology lab for evaluation by a pathologist.[/QUOTE]

Had this lump removed last week. The surgeon said it would be sent to the lab for tests as this was routine. Will these tests tell for definate if the lump is cancerous or not or will further tests be required.





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