I'm actually addressing this to all who posted but especially to colls22 because we are from the same city and I definitely know how the system works when one has breast cancer.
I wish that it is mandatory for all general practitioners to have a prosthesis which shows women what to look for when there is a concern of breast cancer. My daughter went to a doctor when she was in university and because she had large lumpy breasts (breast density) he brought out the prosthesis and asked her what she felt. After some examination, she found this pea sized lump and that is when he told her that if she ever felt that sort of lump in her breast, to immediately book an appointment with her doctor to have it checked out. She was always diligent with breast examination as there is a history in my family and at least through that prosthesis, she knew what to look for. I simply don't understand why most doctors don't have this very important piece of equipment when cancer is so prevalent. It should come as a package deal when they get a stethoscope.
Colls22, I can tell you right now that if your US had any indication that what you had was cancer, in Toronto, they simply don't mess around with that information. You would have gotten a phone call that same day or at the very latest the next because the US techie would have immediately informed your doctor if she/he suspected it was cancer. Additional to that, we are unbelievably luck that we live in Toronto because when something like this happens, we have Princess Margaret where there is a Rapid Diagnostic Clinic and as soon as they get the results from your doctor, you are called and an appointment is set up not for a month from the phone call but at the very worst case scenario within two weeks. Often it can be in a matter of days. Once at the diagnostic clinic, you are there for the entire day and they put you through every imaginable test and retest they have. The next day, you are seen by a surgeon and the wheels go into motion to get you into an ER within a short period of time. Everything happens pretty quickly compared to other hospitals in our system of health care. Princess Margaret is in the top five cancer hospitals in the world....Yup, I said in the world. Their diagnostic clinic is amazing. This may be too much information but what I want you to realize is that if your suspicions had been correct, you would have been in the best hands possible. The caring atmosphere is wonderful and everyone from the surgeons right down to the receptionist is programmed to make sure you feel as comfortable as anyone can feel under the circumstances. I hope you never have to experience this but if you ever do, just know you couldn't get better care. We are so fortunate to have this facility in our city. In fact, it is affiliated with a bunch of hospitals (Toronto General, Mount Sinai, Women's College to name the most known). They work together when it comes to oncologists and surgeons. So in certain situations, the surgeon can book a person in two or more ORs in different hospitals and take the first that has an availability. Its really quite a great system they have established.
Having said all that, Please feel confident that you are fine but just have lumpy boobs....Join the group. Learn proper breast detection and ask your doctor about getting a prosthesis for breast cancer detection. It could save many peoples lives.
Regarding your husband, men can be blasť about their health. Passing out in his car is not a particularly good sign. If he has done this in the past, as you mentioned, it certainly wouldn't be a bad idea for him to mention it to his doctor. A simple EEG can be ordered and you can take it from there. BTW, surprisingly, Toronto Western Hospital is a really good place to get that done. The have a topnotch neurology department there. A referral from your GP would be required assuming he felt it necessary.