Allyn Rose: Miss America contestant to undergo double mastectomy after pageant
Miss District of Columbia, Allyn Rose. will have both of her breasts removed following her competition in the 2013 Miss America pageant.
ABC News reports the 24-year-old beauty queen lost her mother to breast cancer and believes she is genetically predisposed to contracting the disease. Rose will undergo a double mastectomy as a precautionary measure.
"A lot of people are confused when I say I'm choosing life over beauty," Rose says. "But it's beauty as a stereotype -- the Hollywood idea of beauty, the physical attributes. I'm not going to let my desire to achieve those goals distract me from my own health."
Waging a proactive battle against as-yet-undiagnosed breast cancer is a widening practice among American women. Sharon Osbourne recently revealed she had a double mastectomy because she carries the breast cancer gene.
Allyn previously competed in the Miss USA pageant as Miss Maryland.
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