LAS VEGAS, NV – Allyn Rose, the 24-year-old Miss District of Columbia, has drawn international attention to this weekend’s Miss America Pageant.
No, she’s not a guy, like the Miss Universe contestant from Canada.
And she’s not dissing pageant officials like a Miss USA contestant did last year.
No, Allyn Rose has drawn some serious awareness to breast cancer by her decision to undergo a double mastectomy after Sunday’s pageant in Las Vegas.
She voluntarily chose to join the ranks of ‘previvors’, women who undergo the preventive procedure, because breast cancer killed her mother, grandmother and great aunt.
She doesn’t carry the breast cancer genes, but she inherited a genetic predisposition to it. And that makes her odds of coming down with the disease a whole lot higher than the current 25-to-1 odds that she’ll win the Miss America crown.
Although her choice may seem radical, no pun intended, it is gaining acceptance by women at high risk for breast cancer.
In fact, the Annals of Surgical Oncology published a report a couple of years ago that showed the number of women choosing preventive mastectomies rose ten-fold between 1998 and 2010.
Regardless of who wins this year’s title, Allyn Rose will wear a special crown for all misses in America.