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Forum Name: Head and Neck Cancer

Question: Two painful lumps in the back of my head is this bad?


 Mazes - Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:03 pm

Hi i am 16 old boy, These feel like bones and are on both sides, one is a little larger. I noticed this just yesterday and was wondering if this is sign of cancer or just normal pains? I also don't remember hurting myself in those areas so i don't think it is from a injury.

please help, thank you.
 Dr. Tamer Fouad - Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:33 pm

User avatar Hi there,

No one can tell without an examination unfortunately. Do these swellings continue to grow? Does the pain increase?

These could be anything from a scalp infection to an occipital lymph node.

Please have it checked by a physician!

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