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Miss American Contestant Allyn Rose To Undergo Double Mastectomy

Miss American Contestant Allyn Rose To Undergo Double Mastectomy
11/16/2012 2:30 PM ET

Allyn Rose, best known as a contestant in the Miss America pageant, will undergo a double mastectomy procedure as a preventative measure to ward off breast cancer. The Miss Washington. D.C. rep for the pageant lost her mother to breast cancer at age 16.

After learning that she carries the same chromosomes for breast cancer as her mother, the 24-year-old has elected to undergo full breast removal surgery. She explained the decision speaking with people.com saying:

"The idea that I could wake up one day and not have the same body that I did the day before is very scary," she said. "But I also realize my mom was diagnosed at 27. That's three years away from me. I'm not going to let my fear of losing this part of my femininity stop me from living."

She added: "It manifests in male children, but there have been studies that women who are the carriers of it have almost a 75 percent likely chance of contracting breast cancer. It's a very strange change in our genetic code. Almost all of the women in my family have passed away from it."

by RTT Staff Writer

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