Latina beauty pageant contestant is fighting her stage three colon cancer with a “positive attitude”

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The next time you are feeling life is unfair think of Andrea Andrade. The California woman has stage three colon cancer. Doctors have told her she has between six months and two years to live.

Andrade told Inside Edition  she was not going to let her cancer diagnosis keep her away from the Miss California USA beauty pageant. The 27-year-old went to represent Fresno County and it was her dream come true.

Andrade did not take home the crown, but as she told her Facebook friends she was “OK” with the outcome. She now has a mission to make people aware of their bodies and the food they eat.

As a busy television station account executive she lived on fast food and now believes her bad diet may have a connection to her colon cancer.

Us Mexicans love to eat. We all know that…it’s not good for our bodies. My doctor told me I am not allowed to eat carnitas. That’s probably one of the most dangerous things I can do to my body.

The chemotherapy is already making a change in Andrade’s body. She says her hair is falling out, and the skin on her hands and feet have turned very dark.

It not only is killing me on the inside, but it is also killing me on the outside.

Andrade says eating healthy, being positive and having faith cures a lot of things. For now she will continue her chemotherapy and working with organizations to make more people aware of the food they eat and the connection to colon cancer.


The Colorectal Cancer Alliance says colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States.

The American Cancer Society estimates that this year 95,520 people will be diagnosed with colon cancer, 39,910 will be diagnosed with rectal cancer, and 50,260 will die from this disease.