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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  • ShelliAS
    2 days 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.

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