Can you get cancer on your rib cage?

Table of contents:

  1. Can you get cancer on your rib cage?
  2. What causes a lump under rib cage?
  3. What does a lump between your breasts mean?
  4. What is lump in middle of rib cage?
  5. What is a hard lump?
  6. What to do if you find a lump?

Can you get cancer on your rib cage?

The chest wall includes the spine, sternum, and ribs. Many types of tumors can grow in this structure. Some are primary tumors, which originate in the chest wall; these can be either benign or malignant. Others are secondary tumors, which spread (metastasize) to the chest wall from another site in the body.

What causes a lump under rib cage?

Liver enlargement (hepatomegaly) can cause a firm, irregular mass below the right rib cage, or on the left side in the stomach area. Neuroblastoma, a cancerous tumor often found in the lower abdomen can cause a mass (this cancer mainly occurs in children and infants).

What does a lump between your breasts mean?

There are different reasons why breast lumps develop. Most lumps are not cancerous and do not pose any risk. Causes include infection, trauma, fibroadenoma, cyst, fat necrosis, or fibrocystic breasts. Breast lumps may develop in both males and females, but they are much more common in females.

What is lump in middle of rib cage?

The xiphoid process is a small extension of bone just below the sternum. Discomfort in the xiphoid process can be painful as it can affect the lower ribcage, breastbone, and several major muscles located around the abdomen and diaphragm.

What is a hard lump?

Anyone concerned about a hard lump under their skin should see a doctor for a diagnosis. Hard lumps are often nothing more than a cyst or swollen lymph node. People should seek medical attention for a lump under the skin if: they notice any changes in the size or appearance of the lump. the lump feels painful or tender.

What to do if you find a lump?

Lumps can appear anywhere on your body. Most lumps are harmless but it's important to see a GP if you're worried or the lump is still there after 2 weeks.