Though guidelines suggest screening starts at 50, researcher says it's premature to change them
by missmaggie on Wed Feb 01, 2012 02:27 PM
Hi, new here...quite possibly jumping the gun to be taking this so far but I'm terrified. 42 years old, light smoker (only with cocktails)...no family history of cancer. The other day I discovered a hard lump just inside my nose at the top/tip, toward the outside rather than inside along the bone. It doesn't hurt unless I mess with it. Doesn't seem to want to "pop" or be infected. I've had postnasal drip on that side off and on for years, always assumed it was a mild allergy. No other symptoms or issues aside from neck pain (I run a website and am online a lot, so have assumed it was stiffness from looking at the screen all day). Am I crazy to be freaking out? I've hunted for guidelines on posting and if I'm wrong to post without having been diagnosed I truly apologize. I am hoping it will just go away....
by GoldDustWoman on Wed Feb 01, 2012 02:46 PM
Hi Miss Maggie ~
My husband is a tonsil cancer survivor. His sypmtoms and experience didn't involve what you are describing, so I can't speak directly to the lump you feel inside the nose. But, I can speak to what you're feeling right now. My husband had no symptoms at all except a lump in his neck that 3 doctors told him was nothing to worry about. It's a long story but the short version is he felt it was something to worry about and kept looking for a doctor who would do more than just feel it from the outside and say oh that's just a burned out node. And of course, my husband was right. So my message is, if you're concerned, go get it checked. There's no reason to wait. Find a good Ear Nose and Throat doctor in your area and make an appointment. If it goes away by the time the appointment comes you can cancel it, nothing lost. But if it doesn't, then the dr. can tell you what it is. It could easily be some sort of calcification - that's probably what it is. But you should get it checked by an ENT to be sure. I wouldn't see a GP - find an ENT.
Much love ~ GDW
by RogerRN43 on Wed Feb 01, 2012 04:02 PM
No point worrying until you see an ENT.
Although a persistent neck mass in a person over 40 has a high percentage of being squamous cell carcinoma that has metastisized to a lymph node producing that mass, that is not what you're dealing with.
You have a localized mass that could be a myriad of things. It's possible that it may require surgery to remove but it's not cancer until you are told it's cancer.
A friend of mine had a tumor high up in his nasal septum that gave him headaches and started to affect his vision. It was surgically removed through his nose and found to be benign. That was more than 10y ago.
Whatever it is, take this opportunity to adopt a healthier lifestyle and enjoy life with the understanding of what is really important to you. And until you get a diagnosis, it is NOT cancer.
by missmaggie on Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:40 AM
Thank you so much. I have anxiety and take Paxil for it, and one of my anxieties is health....terror over getting ill, and terrified of the doctor. I know I need to go see but scared I'll get bad news. I have a 9 year old daughter....so scary. I hope your husband beat his cancer!
by missmaggie on Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:42 AM
Thanks so much for your response. I need to keep positive and just take care of this to ease my mind and be able to sleep. Your info and words have helped a lot, I appreciate it so much.
by EBarsevich on Thu Feb 02, 2012 01:57 AM
I have had a lump about the size of a grape seed inside my nose for years. I went to ENT doc and he told me he could take it out but it wasn't necessary unless it became a real problem. I still have it and sometimes it kind of "pinches" but I don't worry anymore. Good luck to you.
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