What is the Small Lump on My Finger?

Published: October 16, 2017
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I am a male, 13 and i have this small lump on my finger. It has been on my finger for a few weeks now with no sign of healing, could this be a tumor?
Signed: What is the Small Lump on My Finger?

Dear What is the Small Lump on My Finger?,

Finger lumps can have many causes, including infection, inflammation, cysts, benign or cancerous tumors, or trauma (meaning some kind of injury).

While certain lumps can be indicative of a tumor, it is important to know that not all tumors are cancerous. Some tumors are benign. More importantly, FX wants you to know that according to the American Cancer Society, cancer is not common in teens. Cancer occurs most often in older adults.

TeenHealthFX cannot make definitive diagnoses over the web, and without any detailed information about this lump it is hard for FX to even speculate as to what it might be. That said, FX recommends you check in with your doctor about it. You could also check in with your school nurse for her opinion prior to meeting with your doctor.  

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX