Lumps or swellings in the
neck are common. Although the patient may discover the lump by himself or herself, very often the patient only becomes aware of the lump when another person points it out to them. Although most
neck lumps are benign, they sometimes can be a presentation of a more serious underlying disease.
There are many causes of lumps/ swellings in the neck. Below are some of the more common causes.
If you find a lump in a neck that you are worried about, the first step you take is to get it checked by a doctor. Depending on what he finds, he may order one or more of the following tests:
Depending on what the doctor finds, the doctor may advise you to have the lump removed surgically. In cases where the lump is cancerous, it may be necessary to remove the lymph nodes in the neck as cancer cells may have spread to them.
Some lumps in the neck can be safely observed. Your doctor may advise you to have a follow-up test at a later date to check if there are new changes.