What Is a Neck Lump?

A lump in the neck is also called a neck mass. Neck lumps or masses can be large and visible, or very small. Most neck lumps are benign (noncancerous). Many are caused by minor conditions such as cystic acne or swollen lymph nodes. But a neck lump can also be a sign of a serious condition such as an infection or cancer.

Any neck lump in a child or adult should be evaluated by a healthcare professional as soon as possible. See your doctor right away if you have an unexplained neck mass.

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