Have you ever had swelling on the side of your neck? You probably have swollen glands, also known as swollen lymph nodes. It is clinically called lymphadenopathy. Swollen lymph nodes mean that your immune system is fighting off infection or illness. Swollen lymph nodes are usually benign and not malignant. When it is benign, the lymph nodes don’t contain cancer cells, while malignant means they contain cancer cells.
It is important to know the difference between benign and malignant lymph nodes. In this article, we will be discussing more benign and malignant lymph nodes and signs that you should see a doctor.
How can you tell if a swollen lymph node is benign or malignant?
When there is no problem, it can be very difficult to find your tiny lymph nodes. But when lymph nodes close to the surface swell, you can easily feel them with your fingers. You might even be able to see them. Lymph nodes that are situated deeper in the body can swell without you noticing. If you experience swollen lymph nodes, it means they’re fighting off illness. You cannot differentiate between malignant and benign by just looking at them or feeling them. However, there are other signs to look out for.