Hello. About 2 months ago my 30 year old husband discovered a painful lump in his breast near his left nipple. He had it examined by our PCP, who suggested a mammogram and u/s. The results came back as a category 4 last Friday. I called and got a consultation appointment scheduled with a surgeon for next Thursday. He also appears to have grown some breast tissue (both breasts) within the past few months, and I believe the doctor, or radiologist he saw while getting these tests said it could by gynecomastia. He's on no legal or illegal drugs, doesn't drink excessively, and is a trim guy.
My first series of questions is this: He mistakenly wore deodorant/anti-perspirant to the u/s and mammogram. How much could this have skewed the results? Also, what else could this be besides cancer? Should we get the gynecomstia evaluated sooner than the appointment to the surgeon? I don't even know what kind of doctor we'd go to for that. Or will the surgeon be able to advise us about that too?
Now, about 6 months ago he was complaining about intermittent sharp pains near his heart. He had xrays of his ribs done, and u/s of his heart at a cardiology office. Both of those came back clear (no fracture of the ribs, nothing wrong with his heart), and the doctor attributed it to skeletal pain. He doesn't get this pain very often anymore, but now that the risk of cancer is out there, could the cancer have worked in the reverse manner from how it usually starts? Could he have gotten it in his chest wall first and then spread to his breast? Would the xray and u/s have picked up a tumor on the chest wall, if that wasn't what they were looking for? I've read up on gynecomstia and read it can be caused by a tumor, so should we be investigating other tumors/cancer?
I'm trying to remain calm, as I know this could very well turn out to be benign, but I want to make sure we quickly act on any kind of risk. Thanks so much for any advice/insight.