Hard Chest Wall Lump Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand hard chest wall lump symptoms, including 5 causes & common questions.

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  1. 5 Possible Hard Chest Wall Lump Causes
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  3. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
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5 Possible Hard Chest Wall Lump Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced hard chest wall lump. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.


A dermatofibroma is a common skin growth that usually appears on the lower legs, but may appear anywhere on the body. These growths are benign (noncancerous). Dermatofibromas are most common in adults and are rarely found in children.

Symptoms include a hard, raised growth that is red, pink, ...

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Hodgkin's lymphoma

Hodgkin lymphoma, formerly known as Hodgkin's lymphoma or Hodgkin's disease, is cancer of the lymphatic system. It is believed to be caused by a mutation in one of the body's immune system cells, called a B cell.

Most susceptible are those under age 30 or over age 55, with a family history of the disease, as well as anyone with a history of any illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus.

Symptoms include swelling of lymph nodes in groin, armpits, and neck; lowered tolerance to drinking alcohol, including pain in lymph nodes afterwards; unintended weight loss; fever; chills; night sweats; and itching.

There are good treatments available for Hodgkin lymphoma, so it is important to see a medical provider about these symptoms as soon as possible.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination; blood tests; imaging such as x-ray, CT scan, or PET scan; and sometimes lymph node biopsy and/or bone marrow sample.

Treatment involves a combination of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Bone marrow transplant, also called stem cell transplant, can be done in some cases.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: fatigue, loss of appetite, abdominal pain (stomach ache), shortness of breath, fever

Symptoms that never occur with hodgkin's lymphoma: pulsing armpit mass, armpit lump that comes and goes, shrinking armpit lump, pink or red armpit bump, black or brown armpit bump, yellow or white armpit bump, bleeding armpit bump

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Skin cyst

A cyst is a small sac or lump, filled with fluid, air, fat, or other material, that begins to grow somewhere in the body for no apparent reason. A skin cyst is one that forms just beneath the skin.

It's believed that skin cysts form around trapped keratin cells – the cells that form the relatively tough outer layer of the skin.

These cysts are not contagious.

Anyone can get a skin cyst, but they are most common in those who are over age 18, have acne, or have injured the skin.

Symptoms include the appearance of a small, rounded lump under the skin. Cysts are normally painless unless infected, when they will be reddened and sore and contain pus.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination. A small cyst can be left alone, though if it is unsightly or large enough to interfere with movement it can be removed in a simple procedure done in a doctor's office. An infected cyst must be treated so that the infection does not spread.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: skin-colored armpit bump, marble sized armpit lump, small armpit lump

Symptoms that always occur with skin cyst: skin-colored armpit bump

Urgency: Wait and watch

Enlarged male breasts (gynecomastia)

Gynecomastia is the swelling of breast tissue in boys in men, which may be caused by an imbalance of the hormones estrogen and testosterone. It is generally not a serious problem and is normal during puberty.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: rib pain, decreased sex drive, painful chest wall lump, hard chest wall lump, pain on the tip of the nose

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Male breast cancer

Male breast cancer is rare and accounts for less than one percent of all cancers in the worldwide. The overwhelming majority of male breast cancers are a ductal carcinoma.

Breast cancer is often noticed by healthcare professionals or individuals when a painless breast mass appears,...

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Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Hard Chest Wall Lump

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • What color is the bump?
  • Do you feel pain when you touch the bump?
  • Is the lump on your chest on the surface of the skin or below the skin?
  • Is there fluid coming out of the bump?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Hard Chest Wall Lump Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced hard chest wall lump have also experienced:

  • 10% Rib Pain
  • 8% Chest Pain
  • 6% Shortness Of Breath

People who have experienced hard chest wall lump were most often matched with:

  • 100% Hodgkin'S Lymphoma

People who have experienced hard chest wall lump had symptoms persist for:

  • 42% Over a month
  • 24% Less than a week
  • 12% Less than a day

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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