Sick of Skin Cancer

I am 69. I retired to Fla almost 4 years ago. I have been plagued with Skin Cancer including Melanoma. It started showing up just after 2 years here. I have had Squamous on my Left Ear. 6 months later 4 more on Left arm, and 2 on Rt arm. The one on my Rt upper arm was Melanoma. I had the surgery for that, and was knocked out for the surgery. Last month I had the Derm check. I had 2 biopsies 1 came back negative. Another on my left hand was positive Squamous. That one had itched something terrible.

Now 3 weeks later on my forehead. A rather large raised mole has appeared. Rather pearly light brown color. My primary care doctor says it looks angry, and I am to see Derm on Jan 14. This one came out of no where, and is about an inch wide. I agree it looks angry. Much worse than any I have seen on myself. In fact it appears to be getting bigger.

I don’t know if Fla is the cause, or living here makes it worse. I am always covered up, even before these diagnosis. I was definitely not laying out in the sun. However it’s not an enjoyable way to live in this hot climate. I wear nothing but UV 40 long sleeve shirts, and big brimmed hats, sunglasses. My time is next to none in the sun.

I’m miserable. I can’t make proper plans to leave, with constant outbreaks. I’m afraid to be away from this Dermatologist. I am not going to retire in a sunny hot place, with this problem. If I could at least get a year without new ones showing up. So I could relocate, and get new doctors. I’m not getting that luxury.

It’s obvious for some of us. When these cancers start, they keep reappearing in various areas. Mine seem to be accelerating.

Anyway that’s my story. Thanks for listening. Hope others have a much easier journey with skin cancer.

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  • Jimrob author
    3 weeks ago

    Thanks everyone for the nice replies. They are helpful to read, and I hope everyone is doing well. I hope everyone is dealing with less and less cancer.

    I have had several more biopsies, and they came back negative. Finally some good results. I go back in April. If I get a good review from the Doctor, on that skin check. Then I will be putting this Mobile Home up for sale. I have no desire to live in Florida. I plan on moving back to Oregon. Selling Mobiles in Florida, is terribly hard, and one takes a beating on the sale. It doesn’t go in the sellers favor. Still I need to leave. Well that’s my update. Hope your all doing well.

  • Paige Tucker
    3 weeks ago

    I’m so sorry. Skin cancer sucks!!

  • CarolAnn
    1 month ago

    Hi Jimrob, I’m so sorry you’re going thru this. I am 67 and have been battling skin cancers for 15 years. I’ve not had melanomaI but many BC and SCC, the most recent surgery for squamous just two weeks ago. I live in Kansas, but I lived my first 17urs in sunny SO CA. All my dermatologiss have told me that my early life sun exposures, with countless burns and peels, is the basis of the damage I’m dealing now. It’s an ongoing thing and if I get a year long break between one cancer diagnosis and the next I’m doing good. I wish it was possible for you to relocate to someplace where recovery would be less difficult, although I know it’s not going to be a snap no matter where you are. I hope you family and/or friends to support you through these rough times. This certainly isn’t what I had pictured for this time in my life, but then this has been going on a while. I do the best I can do and lean into my family, friends and God in a big big way. I wish you the best in this strenuous journey and hope that things will work out if you’re really wanting/needing to get away from FL. Take care.

  • Judy Cloud moderator
    2 months ago

    Oh Jim, I’m sorry you’re going through such a battle with skin cancer. I’m sure it’s especially frustrating since you’re in a sunny climate. One thing I know about this community is that it is great for support. Thanks for sharing, and know that we are thinking of you and hoping things get easier. Judy, SkinCancer.net Moderator

  • Jimrob author
    2 months ago

    Thanks for the comments. Most appreciated. Yes its frustrating for everyone with this problem. I can understand feeling like, these positive diagnosis never stop.

    Since I posted here I have had 3 more biopsies done. Waiting on the results of those.

    I definitely do consider retiring in a less sunny climate. If only to be able to enjoy the outdoors, without being completely covered up as I do in Fla. Of course that would mean a colder climate, which is probably for the best. The high heat and sweating is difficult all covered up. I have thought of returning to Oregon, as I lived there for part of my life. Unfortunately Portland has become very weird and expensive. I’m not sure if I could deal with the strange behavior there anymore. No other real cities in the state with adequate Medical. I do have to do something this year though.

    Thanks for replying to my Thread. I wish you all the best in dealing with Skin Cancer. Hang in There.
    Really what other choice do we have. Talk to you later.

  • Vonslife
    2 months ago

    I to am so tired of being told its positive. I am a full body of scars. Wish there was something to stop them from showing up again and again. I go in Feb and I can tell the Dr. which ones are cancer. I have about 4 right now. The mohs surgery in August left my lip looking bad. It was the 2nd mohs surgery on lip. I am thankful they can be removed but they come back every time. Above, beside, or below the scar. I pray for everyone with cancer.

  • Judy Cloud moderator
    2 months ago

    Thanks for your words of encouragement for others. Sometimes it seems that new areas of skin cancer are never ending, doesn’t it? Judy, SkinCancer.net Moderator

  • ShelliAS
    2 months ago

    I feel your frustration. I was raised in Texas, now live in NM. And you and I are of the generation where there was no decent sunblock in our youth, when the damage is pretty much done (so I’ve read.) I had 5 BCCs in my early 40s and then had quite a long period of nothing. I was getting yearly checks as well. Then a decade later, more SCCs and BCCs began appearing. I think it’s just a function of our revolutions around the sun, and not your living in a sunny climate, at this stage in your life. Your skin cancers were set in motion long ago, as were mine. They’re just manifesting now. A hot climate like Florida has to be very difficult. If you are flexible, I’m thinking a rainy cloudy area might be suitable? Pittsburgh or Seattle come to mind, plus both areas attract good medical providers. Unfortunately, where I live, my options in medical care are poor.

  • Judy Cloud moderator
    2 months ago

    My doctor told me something similar, that much of the damage to our skin is done when we are younger. That’s not to say we don’t continue damaging it as we get older, but at least in my case I’m a lot more sun smart now than I was then – and I sure wish I was then. Thanks for sharing! Judy, SkinCancer.net Moderator

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