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Miss America contestant Allyn Rose to undergo preemptive double mastectomy



Miss America contestant Allyn Rose to undergo preemptive double mastectomy, Miss Washington D.C. cites genetic predisposition to breast cance.

This Miss America contestant isn’t taking any chances.
Allyn Rose, a 24-year-old paralegal who will be representing Washington, D.C. in the Miss America pageant told People magazine that she will undergo a double mastectomy.
Rose said that she is genetically predisposed to breast cancer, the disease that killed her mother at a young age and has affected nearly all the women in her family.
"My mom had her right breast removed at 27, but at 47 or 48, it came back in her left breast," she says. "It was already stage three. She could have had that other breast removed, but I'm sure there was a part of her that thought she didn't want to give up this other part of herself."
She said that her father pleaded with her mother to have her other breast removed, but she refused. Rose said that she wants to be there for her own children, knowing that her own mother missed out on so much of her teenage years.
“I had to become my own mentor. I had to go pick out my prom dress by myself. I had to go to my high school graduation without my mom,” she said. “She didn't see me go off to college or go on my first date or drive a car for the first time."
She said that many doctors were reluctant to operate since she was so young and hadn’t shown any signs of cancer yet. But she felt that it wasn’t worth the risk.
"Your skin may be damaged in a way that you will lose your nipple, or sometimes women lose all of their breast tissue," she said. "Breasts don't define your life. I'm choosing life over beauty. I'm choosing to remove something that's so iconic to my womanhood."
Rose also wants to show the world that a woman’s worth and her sexuality is defined by more than just her breasts.
"Being in the industry and competing in the most iconic swimsuit competition in the world, I thought to myself, 'If I were to win and have this surgery a year from now, would I be a different Miss America because I lost my breast?' No."
If she wins the Miss America pageant, she plans to undergo surgery in January 2014. If she does not win, she will have the procedure done next June.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/america-contestant-undergo-double-mastectomy-article-1.1203346#ixzz2CRes0txs
 This Miss America contestant isn’t taking any chances.Allyn Rose, a 24-year-old paralegal who will be representing Washington, D.C. in the Miss America pageant told People magazine that she will undergo a double mastectomy.

Rose said that she is genetically predisposed to breast cancer, the disease that killed her mother at a young age and has affected nearly all the women in her family.



"My mom had her right breast removed at 27, but at 47 or 48, it came back in her left breast," she says. "It was already stage three. She could have had that other breast removed, but I'm sure there was a part of her that thought she didn't want to give up this other part of herself."
She said that her father pleaded with her mother to have her other breast removed, but she refused. Rose said that she wants to be there for her own children, knowing that her own mother missed out on so much of her teenage years.
“I had to become my own mentor. I had to go pick out my prom dress by myself. I had to go to my high school graduation without my mom,” she said. “She didn't see me go off to college or go on my first date or drive a car for the first time."
She said that many doctors were reluctant to operate since she was so young and hadn’t shown any signs of cancer yet. But she felt that it wasn’t worth the risk.
"Your skin may be damaged in a way that you will lose your nipple, or sometimes women lose all of their breast tissue," she said. "Breasts don't define your life. I'm choosing life over beauty. I'm choosing to remove something that's so iconic to my womanhood."
Rose also wants to show the world that a woman’s worth and her sexuality is defined by more than just her breasts.
"Being in the industry and competing in the most iconic swimsuit competition in the world, I thought to myself, 'If I were to win and have this surgery a year from now, would I be a different Miss America because I lost my breast?' No."
If she wins the Miss America pageant, she plans to undergo surgery in January 2014. If she does not win, she will have the procedure done next June.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/america-contestant-undergo-double-mastectomy-article-1.1203346#ixzz2CRes0txs
This Miss America contestant isn’t taking any chances.
Allyn Rose, a 24-year-old paralegal who will be representing Washington, D.C. in the Miss America pageant told People magazine that she will undergo a double mastectomy.
Rose said that she is genetically predisposed to breast cancer, the disease that killed her mother at a young age and has affected nearly all the women in her family.
"My mom had her right breast removed at 27, but at 47 or 48, it came back in her left breast," she says. "It was already stage three. She could have had that other breast removed, but I'm sure there was a part of her that thought she didn't want to give up this other part of herself."
She said that her father pleaded with her mother to have her other breast removed, but she refused. Rose said that she wants to be there for her own children, knowing that her own mother missed out on so much of her teenage years.
“I had to become my own mentor. I had to go pick out my prom dress by myself. I had to go to my high school graduation without my mom,” she said. “She didn't see me go off to college or go on my first date or drive a car for the first time."
She said that many doctors were reluctant to operate since she was so young and hadn’t shown any signs of cancer yet. But she felt that it wasn’t worth the risk.
"Your skin may be damaged in a way that you will lose your nipple, or sometimes women lose all of their breast tissue," she said. "Breasts don't define your life. I'm choosing life over beauty. I'm choosing to remove something that's so iconic to my womanhood."
Rose also wants to show the world that a woman’s worth and her sexuality is defined by more than just her breasts.
"Being in the industry and competing in the most iconic swimsuit competition in the world, I thought to myself, 'If I were to win and have this surgery a year from now, would I be a different Miss America because I lost my breast?' No."
If she wins the Miss America pageant, she plans to undergo surgery in January 2014. If she does not win, she will have the procedure done next June.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/america-contestant-undergo-double-mastectomy-article-1.1203346#ixzz2CRes0txs

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/america-contestant-undergo-double-mastectomy-article-1.1203346#ixzz2CRcg7otU



Biography

Allyn Rose is a 22-year-old graduate of the University of Maryland. She graduated with a B.A. in Government and Politics with a minor concentration in Philosophy. As a Southern Maryland native, hailing from Newburg. she attended La Plata high school, where she was an active member of student government and a decorated athlete. During her tenure, Allyn was a 3 sport All-Conference player and was subsequently recruited to play volleyball in college. Allyn was also a competitive figure skater and won her first national championship at the age of 12. Her mother, Judith Rose, was diagnosed with breast cancer two years later and unfortunately passed away when Allyn was 16. Inspired to participate in the Miss Sinergy pageant to honor her mother, Allyn became the first ever Miss Sinergy. Miss New Jersey USA 2011 Julianna White was a runner-up to her in that pageant!

Allyn has an extensive history of working with philanthropic organizations. She has participated in events for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Relay for Life, St. JudeÕs ChildrenÕs Hospital programs, CARing Kids - a student mentorship program, USO Operation Care Package, the American Cancer Society and Service for Sight, her sorority, Delta GammaÕs foundation. Currently pursing her career goal of becoming a lawyer, Allyn is a paralegal for two law firms in downtown Bethesda, MD and is preparing for the LSAT, which she plans to take in October 2010.

Special thanks and credits to http://www.nydailynews.com & http://www.pageantupdate.info

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