Allyn Rose, 24, wants a long, healthy life. The Miss America contestant, who is already Miss Maryland, plans to undergo a double mastectomy in the near future, whether she wins or loses in the Saturday beauty pageant to crown Miss America, 2013, reports Daily Mail on Friday, Jan. 11. Her mother, grandmother and great aunt all died from the deadly cancer.
“My mom would have given up every part of her body to be here for me, to watch me in the pageant,” the Miss America contestant said in an interview on Wednesday.
Allyn Rose does not plan to let that happen to her. “If there's something that I can do to be proactive, it might hurt my body, it might hurt my physical beauty, but I'm going to be alive.”
The beautiful blonde’s father actually started her on the path to the difficult decision. At first, the then-freshman in college was appalled. “Dad I'm not going to do that. I like the body I have.”
“Well then you're going to end up dead like your mom,” he said.
Allyn’s mother had her first brush with cancer when she was only 27. She had one breast removed, but kept the other for another 20 years. That choice eventually cost Judy Rose her lie, because by then, a second cancer had reached stage three. “Right now, I'm three years away,” the beauty said.
Preventative surgery as a way of dealing with a family history of breast cancer is on the rise, as reconstructive surgery becomes more available. As Allyn Rose is doing, women put life before beauty.