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Miss DC: 'I want to be alive' (VIDEO)

Friday - 1/11/2013, 9:02am  ET

WASHINGTON - "All the women in my life have lost this battle," says Miss DC Allyn Rose.

The 24-year-old woman, who is competing to be Miss America, plans to have both of her breasts removed as a preventative measure to reduce her chances of developing breast cancer, the cancer that killed her mother, grandmother and great aunt.

In the video below the University of Maryland, College Park student talks about her decision:

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