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.