Found a painful, hard lump on my groin?

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18 year old female here, I found a reddish hard relatively painful lump on my groin/pubic area. The lump is a lot bigger than the usual small ingrown hair bumps. Few Google searches told me it's a swollen lymph node which is a symptom of lymphatic cancer, either that or that I have fever (which I don't). Been worried sick this could be cancer. Am I being paranoid?

Can't tell my mom about it, it's unacceptable in my culture.

Any advice/help is welcome

PS: I doubt it's an STI/STD as I'm not sexually active.

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    The best way to reassure yourself on whether it's serious or not is to get it checked by a doctor. If you feel you cant go to your family doctor, if you're in the UK you can visit a special clinic (STD clinic) totally confidentially and can be seen by a female doctor. They will see you even if it's not a sexually transmitted disease (my partner went to them when he first discovered a lump in his testicle and it turned out to be cancer - he was seen immediately and had surgery same week, probably would have taken longer to get a referral from a GP). It is very sad you cannot speak to your mother when it could be life saving to get help.

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    Hi. The good news is, is that if it's painful it's not likely to be cancerous. Cancer very rarely causes pain in it's initial stages. But having said that, get it checked out all the same even if for peace of mind. It sounds like a possible cyst to me. Good luck.

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