Routine hearing aid test picked up cancer

Posted on June 01, 2017
Author: Lifeatspecsavers

A routine hearing aid test resulted in a pensioner being diagnosed with skin cancer

Geoff Harrison, from Coventry, went to Specsavers in Cheylesmore when audiologist Toby Sutton spotted a large lump at the back of his ear.

Mr Sutton suspected skin cancer and advised an immediate trip to a GP.

The 73-year-old then saw a dermatologist who confirmed the lump was cancerous and Mr Harrison had 10 days of radiotherapy.

'I’d had the lump for three or four months but I hadn’t done anything about it. I am so grateful to Toby for his thorough examination and for his swift thinking. Had Toby not pushed me to visit my doctor, I don’t think I would have realised how serious it was.' MR HARRISON

Mr Harrison had 10 days of radiotherapy. 

'We always check the ears and the top of the head. I can see parts of the body my patients can’t see. A hearing test is a valuable health check for customers over 50 – and as you can see from Geoff’s case audiologists try and be as comprehensive as possible and refer to other health professionals where needed. If a problem is picked up early, prompt treatment can make all the difference.' MR SUTTON

The granddad of four has now had the all clear from the hospital dermatologists.

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