Sharon Osbourne Reveals She Had A Double Mastectomy

Sharon Osbourne talks with reporters at the NBC Universal Summer Press Day in Pasadena, California on April 26, 2010 Sharon Osbourne talks with reporters at the NBC Universal Summer Press Day in Pasadena, California on April 26, 2010

Sharon Osbourne wasn’t taking any chances when it came to breast cancer after finding out she had a gene that made her predisposed to the disease that affects so many women.

“As soon as I found out I had the breast cancer gene, I thought, ‘The odds are not in my favor,’” Sharon, who fought colon cancer 10 years ago, told the U.K.‘s Hello! magazine.

“I’ve had cancer before and I didn’t want to live under that cloud: I decided to just take everything off, and had a double mastectomy,” she continued.

The 60-year-old, who recently became a grandmother for the first time after son Jack welcomed daughter Pearl, underwent the surgery last summer.

“For me, it wasn’t a big decision, it was a no-brainer,” she told the mag. “I didn’t want to live the rest of my life with that shadow hanging over me. I want to be around for a long time and be a grandmother to Pearl.”

Adding, “I didn’t even think of my breasts in a nostalgic way, I just wanted to be able to live my life without that fear all the time. It’s not ‘pity me’, it’s a decision I made that’s got rid of this weight that I was carrying around.”

During the operation, Sharon also found out that her breast implants had leaked into her stomach wall, something that has caused her to put a stop to any more cosmetic work on her body.

“Sometimes I’ll see a photo and I’ll think, ‘My face looks plastic’; it can look so unnatural from certain angles,” Sharon said. “Now I am definitely, definitely done. You can’t buy your youth back, no matter how much money you’ve got I won’t be going under the knife again.”

-- Jesse Spero

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