Yes, the Boston Herald is reporting this morning that Jon Lester is being tested for cancer because tests in Boston showed he had enlarged lymph nodes.
Clearly, this is frightening on a personal level. Lester is very young, younger probably than the vast majority of the people who read, post and comment on this site. Our thoughts and prayers go with him and his family.
But let’s also not succumb to the fear caused by headlines linking "Lester" with "cancer."
A quick WebMD search shows that while swollen lymph nodes can be symptomatic of lymphoma and leukemia, they also can be symptomatic of the common cold, mono, cat-scratch fever, tonsilitis, an abcessed tooth and STDs.
It’s scary. It’s to be taken seriously. But let’s hold off the panic that I’m sure will be sweeping parts of RSN at least until tests come back.