Dancing with the Stars, professional dancer Witney Carson speaks about an important topic so people know they’re not alone.
Witney was 19 when she was diagnosed with skin cancer.
Now she’s telling her story to let people know what to look out for and hopefully help save some lives when it comes to skin cancer.
Witney Carson was diagnosed with skin cancer
Witney Carson is partnering with EltaMD to promote Skin Cancer Awareness Month by sharing her story in hopes of debunking myths and misconceptions about sunscreen.
“When I was 19, my mom noticed a strawberry-colored mole on my foot and said we should look at it. It was on the upper left side of my foot and a little deformed, but the important thing is that it grew. Witney revealed.
According to Witney, both of her parents had melanoma, so it ran in her family. She said she was a high school teenager who thought she was “invincible,” used tanning beds, and didn’t wear sunscreen at all.
“I wasn’t really worried, but then we got the results back and they were positive for melanoma.”
This almost ended her opportunity to dance with the stars
she said that Witney Carson auditioned for Dancing with the Stars when she received her diagnosis, having just finished her stint on So You Think You Can Dance. It was her chance to realize a dream she’s said to have had her entire life.
This prompted her to hide her cancer diagnosis.
“I had a chance to be on the show and I had this melanoma on my foot, so I didn’t tell anyone — not even the producers — for a long time,” she said. “I’ve had a few different scrub surgeries and it’s been tough for me because I’ve been torn between my dream and worrying about my health.”
“Ultimately I decided to take care of my health and luckily I had three weeks to heal before the show went live.”
She said she didn’t have permission from her doctors to exercise her foot. Witney said by this point cancer had spread to her hip.
“I also had an incision on my hip because the cancer had spread to lymph nodes in my hip, so my foot and hip were still recovering,” she said. “I come to LA, no one knows anything, and I come to rehearsals on the first day, and I obviously go all out with the dancing — not even caring about my body — and my foot got super hot.”
She said she looked down and her white tennis shoe was completely covered in blood. Her stitches were ripped, so she went to the ER and didn’t tell anyone on the show.
“For the lucky ones, it’s just scraping off a mole, but for others like me, it takes multiple surgeries,” Witney said. “Another frightening statistic: Two people die from skin cancer every hour in the United States. I’m glad I got away with not having to do chemo or anything.”
Dancing with the Stars is on pause. The dancing reality competition series will return to its new home on Disney+ Streaming in late 2022.
https://www.monstersandcritics.com/tv/reality-tv/dancing-with-the-stars-pro-dancer-reveals-cancer-diagnosis/ ‘Dancing with the Stars’ pro dancer reveals cancer diagnosis