Do Swollen Lymph nodes (Glands) Mean Cancer?

When you got to know about swollen Lymph nodes (Glands) the first thought shouldn’t be “do I have cancer”.

But the reality is something else they are more likely to be caused by infections or due to some disease that affects the immune system.

However, they will clear up as the body gets healed up. In this article, we talk about Do Swollen Lymph nodes (Glands) Mean Cancer?

And in few cases, cancer cells travel through your blood and end up in your lymph nodes or might start from there.

the best way to check is to consult your doctor to figure out what is causing the changes in your body

What are swollen lymph nodes (Glands)?
Lymph nodes also referred to as lymph glands, are a significant part of the immune system.
They are located throughout the body but are visible and ready to be felt (palpable) only when they are enlarged or swollen.
Few studies say Lymphs nodes are regional, and every group of them corresponds to a specific area of the human body and reflects abnormalities in that region.
Common areas where swollen lymph nodes are more prominent and much more readily noticeable are:

  • Behind the ear
  • In the throat (Neck)
  • The groin (Lap)
  • Under the chin
  • In the armpits (underarm)
  • Doctors, Physicians, and other healthcare professionals check these regions for enlarged or swollen lymph nodes.
  • Broad variety infections are the most common causes of swelling of the lymph nodes, for example, strep throat, ear diseases, and mononucleosis.

More serious medical problems such as HIV infection, lymphomas (non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma) or other cancers, or lupus may cause swollen lymph glands.

  • Rarely, a medicine can cause the problem.
  • Symptoms associated with lymph node swelling and related ailments may include pain in the region of the swelling, fever, and tiredness.
  • Not all of the swollen lymph glands are abnormal.

Swollen lymph nodes are painful?
Generally, swollen lymph nodes brought on by inflammation, infections, or cancers may be painful or tender.

Some benign causes of swollen lymph nodes may not be painful.

Common locations:
Lymph nodes in various parts of the human body might become swollen for various factors. People can often see swollen lymph nodes

  • On the neck,
  • Behind the ear,
  • At the base of the skull (occipital area),
  • Below the jaw,
  • Over or above the collar bone,
  • Under the arms,
  • Around the groin (pelvic girdle).
  • Swollen lymph nodes around the side of the throat or under jaw:
  • Swollen lymph nodes around the face of the neck or under the jaw would be the most common.

They may represent an infection around that area, such as a tooth infection or abscess, throat infection, viral disease, or upper respiratory disease.

The majority of the causes of swollen lymph glands within this area are benign (noncancerous) but sometimes swelling of those lymph nodes might also suggest cancer in the head and neck region.

How can you check for swollen lymph nodes?
Usually, lymph nodes are not visible. As soon as they enlarge, they can become visible in specific areas of the human body. Especially behind the ear, or in your neck or groin.

You might notice them as enlarged “Bumps” Enlarged lymph glands may also often be felt by gradually moving your hands around the swollen area.

It’s possible to ascertain whether they’re not or tender.

What fungal, parasites, and bacteria cause swollen lymph nodes?
There are many different causes of swollen lymph glands or nodes, for example:


  • Coccidioidomycosis
  • Histoplasmosis


  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Leishmaniasis


  • Streptococcus
  • Staphylococcus
  • Cat scratch disease
  • Tuberculosis
  • Syphilis
  • Chlamydia
  • Other sexually transmitted diseases

What are the complications of swollen Lymph nodes (Glands)?
There may be complications related to the enlarged nodes.

The skin underlying the enlarged lymph gland may become infected.

In other circumstances, the lymph gland might become very large and compress other neighboring structures within the body.

This might be a serious and debilitating issue that may require immediate medical or surgical attention.

An enlarged lymph node inside the abdomen can compress the intestines and cause an obstruction of the intestines.

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