Witney Carson hid her cancer diagnosis from ‘Dancing With The Stars’ producers: “I think I was embarrassed”!

“I finally got the call that was going to just skyrocket my career. It was my dream,” says Witney Carson after being diagnosed with melanoma!

Witney Carson
Witney Carson was diagnosed with melanoma source: Trend Fool

Witney Carson was diagnosed with melanoma, a form of skin cancer in the year 2014. She was just 19 years old when she had melanoma and she was about to transfer from her hometown to Los Angeles.

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Witney Carson is an American professional Latin ballroom dancer and choreographer. Similarly, she became successful in becoming second runner-up in season nine of So You Think You Can Dance. However, her health became her enemy as she suffered from skin cancer in the year 2014. Witney’s dream was to become a pro dancer on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.

For achieving the goals Carson headed to Los Angeles, California from her hometown, Utah. Further, Witney said,

“I finally got this call that was going to just skyrocket my career. It was my dream.”

Though, before one week she knew that she has melanoma and it’s gonna ruin her entire career. Similarly, Witney undergoes two surgeries to remove cancer. In the first season Carson was paired up with Cody Simpson and even also didn’t know this. Meanwhile, she didn’t tell anyone about her situation as she wanted to do the show so bad.

On the other hand, Witney Carson teamed up with EltaMD Skin Care for their head, shoulders, knees, and toes campaign. They promote sun safety education and awareness of skin cancer prevention. Further, the dancer stated,

“All of a sudden I get diagnosed with melanoma and of course, being myself, I’m like ‘It’s fine. I can still go on the show’. I think I was embarrassed only in the fact that I was an athlete and I was supposed to be encompassing everything healthy and fit.”

She also added,

“I was supposed to be doing all the right things to be an athlete, and so it was embarrassing for me to be like, ‘Yes, I had, I was sick. I was literally sick.’ The producers didn’t know. My partner didn’t know. I wanted people to think I was perfectly healthy.”

Further Explanation

Witney Carson removed her skin from around a mole on her foot. Not only her foot but also her lymph nodes in her left hip as the cancer was spreading very quickly. She also mentioned that she had no time for healing. And Witney says,

“I think I took six weeks and then I went straight to Dancing with the Stars. My foot was wrapped. I still had stitches in it.”

However, her passion for doing and winning the show still goes on top. Despite the injury, she continued the show. Talking about the situation, she stated,

“I walk in my first day of rehearsals; I’m just going full force. The doctor has not cleared me for any active anything. I just decided to do it anyway because how could I not? It’s my dream. So I go, I do the whole routine”.

Additionally, DWTS pro dancer continued,

“I’m like, ‘My foot feels so sweaty. I’m so sweaty. This is so weird,’ and I looked down and my white tennis shoe was just covered in blood, just covered in blood. Ripped my stitches open. I had to get my foot wrapped weekly after the live show.”

We can also see her left foot wrapped in gauze in the videos.

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What may be the reason for suffering from melanoma?

It is believed that the hereditary factor plays the main role in this. As Witney’s both parents have had this disease, melanoma. And according to the sources, Carson used tanning beds in her teens and which is believed the reason for the skin cancer.

However, after knowing that she has melanoma, Witney never set foot in a tanning bed. On the other hand, she also gave awareness to the people for taking this seriously. She said,

“Everyone should be checked annually for skin cancer. I know so many people who have had it and didn’t know. I’m so grateful to be cancer-free today, so this is an opportunity for me to really blast it out there — especially to the teens and young people — that wearing sunscreen and preventing skin cancer is incredibly important.”

Witney is now living her life happily with Carson McAllister and they tied the knot in the year 2016. Moreover, they are also blessed with one kid, Kevin Leo McAllister. Although she talked about giving birth to another child she also stated that she will focus on this later.

Likewise, according to Carson,

“He’s obsessed with babies. Anywhere we go he’s always saying, ‘Baby, baby!’ He loves them. We want to have one so bad, but I’m getting ready for the season. I don’t think it would be wise to be pregnant during the season.”

She added, that It’s going to be on Disney+, and the old executive producer, Conrad, is coming back. Well, it really exciting news and says that she would really love to be a part of it this season. Will we be able to see her dance again?

Written by Keshaa Perry

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