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Swollen painful LYMPHNODES under arm. CANCER?

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I am a 21 year old guy. Yesterday I noticed that my lymph nodes under both my arms were swollen and painful. Today, they are just a small bit better. I don't think I have any sort of infection or injuries near my arm, though I broke my cheekbone recently and its still healing. two weeks ago hospital nurse told me that my white cell count was a little too high. What is the chance that I have cancer? Should I wait to see if it goes away but itself or should I go to a doctor immediately.

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Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
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Thank you for your query at
I understand your concern.
Please do not worry about having cancer. It can be enalrged due to a lot of causes. Most commonly swelling of lymph nodes under the armpits ( Axillary lymph nodes ) are enlarged due to infection or trauma to the hand, however since there is no such history, it needs to be examined by a general surgeon. If only one group of lymph nodes is enlarged ( just axilla ) then it should recover on its own. However i will suggest that you just get examined by a general surgeon who can examine other group of lymph nodes ( neck, inguinal ) e.t.c
Also the fact that your white blood cell count is high indicates an infection.
Cancer has a variety of symptoms. In your case it seems more of an infection that has not been treated properly.
I will also request you to upload your reports for a clearer picture.

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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