Skip to comments.Miss America contestant pursuing double mastectomy
Posted on 01/11/2013 4:35:40 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
LAS VEGAS (AP) Win or lose Saturday, Miss America contestant Allyn Rose will have conveyed a message about breast cancer prevention using her primary tool as a beauty queen: her body.
The 24-year-old Miss DC plans to undergo a double mastectomy after she struts in a bikini and flaunts her roller skating talent. She is removing both breasts as a preventive measure to reduce her chances of developing the disease that killed her mother, grandmother and great aunt.
"My mom would have given up every part of her body to be here for me, to watch me in the pageant," she said between dress rehearsals and preliminary competitions at Planet Hollywood on the Las Vegas Strip Wednesday. "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."
If crowned, the University of Maryland, College Park politics major could become the first Miss America not endowed with the Barbie silhouette associated with beauty queens.
Rose said it was her father who first broached the subject, during her freshman year of college, two years after the death of her mother
"I said, 'Dad I'm not going to do that. I like the body I have.' He got serious and said, 'Well then you're going to end up dead like your mom.' "
She has pondered that conversation for the past three years, during which she has worked as a model and won several pageants, including Miss Maryland USA, Miss Sinergy and the Miss District of Columbia competition, which put her in the running for Saturday's bonanza.
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She should reconsider. At least till she's 30 and gravity takes over.
>>She is removing both breasts as a preventive measure to reduce her chances of developing the disease that killed her mother, grandmother and great aunt.<<
I have never heard of prophylactic mastectomies before this. Does anyone know if it usually done?
My BS meter is off the chart. No one would do this with no symptoms.
Me thinks the babe is trying to win on the sympathy vote.
Seems to me that reconstruction would be 99% if she has it done now... They could preserve the nipples and the skin and remove all the mammary tissue.
So then she has taken all the tests to identify markers for breast cancer - right?
I personally think this is beyond stupid.
There are so many tests a woman can do for early diagnosis - sonograms, blood.....
But it is keeping her name in the papers.
It’s done all the time . My docs were all on board , especially with rationing coming down the pike .
“I have never heard of prophylactic mastectomies before this. Does anyone know if it usually done?”
My sil had cancer in one and had both removed. I thnk her idea was symmetry She has adjusted very well fours after the fact
That is a good question. I do know women with cancer in one breast who elect to have BOTH breasts removed. Just in case.
To be done with it.
a local MD had this done to herself several years ago.
Breast Cancer was among her family females
a local MD had this done to herself several years ago.
Breast Cancer was rampant among her family females
I can offer her therapeutic massage breast reduction for dimes on the dollar if that will help...
Sounds quite reasonable to get'em out of there and replace the content with a better track record.
The same gene(s) can be related to the misnamed ovarian cancer (actually happens in the supportive tissue, not the ovaries) ~ and I'd bet she has been tested in that regard as well.
The first time I heard of this was a friend of my niece. She plans to have it done after having children. I was stunned, but apparently it is not uncommon.
They take the nipples . They can become cancer bearers . They reconstruct new ones . Lots of women get tats .
I’m a man in my sixties... 5 years ago I had a lump in my breast. They said probably OK, we’ll watch it. 3 years later it was bigger and they said we’ll watch it.
I said, kiss my a$$. cut the damn thing out. Which they did...
I don’t think they need to take the nipples. I’m not a Dr. but the chance of a future problem with the nipple spreading to the chest wall through 2 pounds of silicon is zero.
There’s a test (BRAC1 AND BRAC2) to test for a genetic link to breast and ovarian cancer. Maybe she’s had the test and it showed she’s genetically prone to those.
I am a bit ignorant on the subject....is it commonly done with women in their early 20’s, or is it more often women, with genetic likelyhood, getting it done as they turn 50?
My grandmother died from breast cancer. If this was an option back then, she would have done it. And, no, it is not BS. There are women in their early 20s who are opting for this as a matter of survival.
My mother died Oct. 30 . I had my surgery Dec. 18 . They take the nipples and you still have to have mammograms . Cancer can appear above or below the silicone . There are plenty of BC forums that are very informative .
You obviously don’t keep up with the current trends in breast cancer prevention and treatment. This has become very common and with her family history makes total sense.
hum? I had ovarian cancer, the docs found stage 3 cancer in my ovaries.
Oh, well it’s been 25 years, now.
My daughter has had all those tests, and has no markers.
(because my maternal aunt may have died from breast cancer)
“.. 5 years ago I had a lump in my breast...”
I am glad you had the lump removed. Even men can get breast cancer (it is rarer but it does happen)
“Lots of women get tats.”
This is a serious subject so I will not make the obvious play on words...that’s similar to Toys for Tots.
Glad you made a full recovery, svcw. God was with you.
A woman having her breasts removed YEARS and even DECADES before she MIGHT develop breast cancer is NOT a “matter of survival”.
I think I might be nauseous some day, so why don’t I just throw up right now and be done with it...
I know two young women who had it done. I can assure you that it wasn't done for cosmetic reasons.
Whatever you say.
I went to the University of MD and never saw anything like that walking around campus....
I haven’t been on any of the 20 yr. old boards so don’t know how common it is . Just 30 to 50 .
If your uncle, your father, and your grandfather all died of pinkie cancer and your own tests showed you have all the genes leading to pinkie cancer, I bet you would be walking around with eight fingers right now....
Maybe. But ONLY IF they died of pinkie cancer while in the early 20’s.
I think the point is that developing breast cancer is a very high risk for Miss Rose. But not at her age.
And you would be wrong. I have a very good idea of what will kill me from my family history. I would not choose surgery if I were not actually ill, however. Also, with the rapid developments going on in medicine, this is just an overreaction to what has not happened, may not happened, and might soon be relatively easily fixed. I can understand a woman choosing to be very, very vigilant if her family has a long history of breast cancer, but to have your breasts removed when you might never even develop the disease makes no sense.
One of my former employees just had this done.....she is in her late 30s and I was stunned when she told me about her plans. Her mother died in her mid-50s of breast cancer after battling it for years.....and my ex-employee had the “genetic markers” which she said made her like 95 percent disposed to getting breast cancer.......just my two cents.
My mom actually had 2 different types of breast cancers. Actually killed her when she was in her 70’s after 15 yrs of treatment. Not planning to cut mine off until there is a reason.
I saw a bunch of shady people in College Park when I stayed for a weekend. I was in a low rent area.
” Cancer can appear above or below the silicone .”
I agree, however if it appeared above the silicone it would be easy to detect and very unlikely to spread to the chest wall before it was detected. JMHO...
I know a couple of women who have done just that for the same reason. My step cousin was thinking about doing just that. Her grandmother, Aunt, and mom (twice breast cancer). Then she got diagnosed last year. Doing great by the way.
Our neighbor across the street lost her mother to breast cancer about one year ago. She had tests done several weeks ago and there was a 90% chance she was carrying the same gene and would develop breast cancer. She is in the hospital this week getting double mastectomy.
Yes, this is my first post here. As a conservative, I frequently lurk here.
I finally decided to join because some of the responses on this thread are ludicrous.
First thing I would like to point out is that mammograms are only 85% to 90% effective in finding breast cancers. The denser the breast, the more difficult it is to detect. This means that a younger woman with firm, dense breast tissue is more likely to have her cancer go undetected. Her risk would be much great than the numbers above. Secondly, younger women who do get cancer tend to get more aggressive types of cancer. Factor in a genetic predisposition to breast cancer, and perhaps you might better understand her decision.
I personally have breast cancer right now. My second time. My first cancer was invasive ductal cancer, early stage and opted for a lumpectomy and radiation, and now my second cancer is invasive lobular cancer, stage 2b, and have recently undergone a bilateral mastectomy.
My chest is terribly disfigured.
Because of lymph nodes removal, I am at risk of lymphodema. (Look it up - large swollen arms or chest.) Lymphodema can last a life time and seriously affect the quality of a woman’s life. I now have blood draws and IVs placed in my foot to decrease my risk of lymphodema.
I will soon undergo radiation, which will burn my skin and towards the end make me tired. I had radiation years ago, and, frankly, it was not horrible.
I will then undergo chemotherapy, which if I’m lucky won’t make me too sick. There’s some great new drugs out there today which helps with this.
Unfortunately, I will likely lose my hair.
After that I will spend five years or more on one of the targeted hormone therapies, which also come with possible side effects that range from mild to deadly. (Hot flashes and body aches to heart attacks and lung damage.)
If I do well, I can have fake boobs and fake nipples replace the real ones. Sure, I might have great cleavage, but I will have NO feeling in my tatooed-on nipples and most of my breasts. In order to have nice breasts, I might have anywhere from three to seven or eight “procedures” (read surgeries) to get it right.
Basically, my husband is now married to a woman with a mutilated chest who will soon be bald. His wife will never have sexual feelings again in her breasts even if she does reconstruction. I am blessed that he is a godly man who is standing by me. Not every woman with cancer is that lucky.
I write this not for pity (although I do ask for prayer), but because I believe the general public is unaware of many of the issues surrounding breast cancer.
The fact is mammograms and other methods of detection just don’t catch all breast cancers, which is the real reason why most of these women will undergo prophylactic mastectomies. And, of courses, the sooner a woman starts with yearly mammograms, the more radiation she exposes herself to. :(
Now, you might want to question your “BS meter.”
This young woman is doing what is right for her. God bless her.