Allyn Rose: Miss America contestant to undergo double mastectomy after pageant

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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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