Swollen Lymph nodes – is it cancer ?
Lymph nodes are called गिर्खा in Nepali. They are nodules that appear in different parts of human body when they are inflamed.
In this article, we will discuss what these nodes mean to our health.
Lymph nodes are usually inflamed because of bacterial or viral infections. The lymph nodes act like policemen – which ‘arrest’ the infection from spreading to other parts of the body.
Imagine if your teeth are infected, the lymph nodes in the neck swell. If there is infection in the legs, the lymph nodes in the groin swell.
Basically, these nodes are there to protect you – they hold the infection so that it doesn’t spread more. Like infections, cancer too can give lymph nodes – and this is how cancer is associated with lymph nodes.
Could it be cancer ?
Not all lymph nodes are because of cancer ! Most of the lymph nodes are because of infections or inflammation. But if someone has lymph nodes since more than a week, they should definitively go see a doctor.