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.
Most lumps are normal
Most people get lumps and growths on their skin at some point. They can be caused by many things.
- be soft or hard to touch
- move around
- be the size of a pea or a golf ball
- be a lump under the skin or a growth that hangs off your skin
Non-urgent advice: See a GP if:
- your lump gets bigger
- your lump is painful, red or hot
- your lump is hard and does not move
- your lump lasts more than 2 weeks
- a lump grows back after it's been removed
- you have a lump in the breast or testicles
- you have a swelling on the side of your neck, armpit or groin that does not go down
What happens at your appointment
The GP will look at your lump. They may be able to tell you what's causing it.
Possible causes of lumps
There are lots of possible causes of lumps and growths.
Your symptoms might give you an idea of what’s causing it, but do not self-diagnose.
See a GP if you're worried or the lump is still there after 2 weeks.
Lumps anywhere on the body
Lumps on the armpit, neck or groin
|Swelling on the side of the neck, armpit or groin||Swollen gland|
|Lump in the groin||Hernia|
|Lump on the front of the neck||Goitre|
|Fleshy growths around the groin||Genital warts|
|Swelling on the side of the neck, armpit or groin that does not go down||Non-Hodgkin lymphoma|
Lumps around the bottom
|Lump or lumps around the bottom (anus), often with itching or pain||Piles|
|Lump on the bottom (anus) and the need to do a poo||Rectal prolapse|
Lump on the breast or testicle
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Page last reviewed: 21 January 2021
Next review due: 21 January 2024