A granddad’s life was saved when he was diagnosed with skin cancer after a routine check-up for his HEARING AID.
Geoff Harrison, 73, was having the annual test done when an eagle-eyed audiologist spotted a large lump at the back of his ear.
The dad-of-four was advised to visit his GP who referred him to see a hospital dermatologist.
Tests revealed the 1cm lump was cancerous and Geoff then underwent 10 days of radiotherapy treatment.
He has now been given the all-clear and says he is grateful to audiologist Toby Sutton for saving his life.
Yesterday, Geoff, who lives in Coventry, West Mids., said: “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.
“I went to the hospital to see a dermatologist and she said she needed to remove part of my ear and she had a cancellation at 2.30pm that day.
“I went back and was sitting on the table with my shirt off and she said she was talking to a colleague about removing part of my ear.
“I was given the option to undergo immediate surgery at the hospital to remove the melanoma or take part in radiotherapy which seemed far less invasive.
“I didn’t want to have a big piece of my ear off so I chose to go with radiotherapy.
“I put my shirt back on and I had 10 days of radiotherapy instead.
“If it hadn’t been removed over time it would have got much worse.
“It’s a form of skin cancer and the word cancer is just so scary.
“I visited the oncologist towards the back end of 2016 and he was satisfied that the cancer hadn’t spread.”
Geoff, who has four grandchildren, was having a routine hearing aid test at Specsavers in Cheylesmore, Coventry, when Mr Sutton spotted the lump last summer.
The retired businessman was referred to University Hospital Coventry and had the radiotherapy treatment in June.
Audiologist Toby Sutton said: “We always check the ears and the top of the head.
“I can see parts of the body my patients can’t see.
“I suspected the lump was a melanoma but didn’t want to alarm Geoff.
“And as I’m not qualified in diagnosing skin conditions I referred him to his GP for further investigation.
“I wanted to make sure he got this lump checked out quickly.
“I’m just pleased that Geoff has made a full recovery.
“His story serves as an important reminder to stay up to date with all your health check-ups.
“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.”