18/10/2012 10:34 BST

Michelle Heaton Puts On A Brave Face At 'London Lifestyle Awards' After Revealing She Will Go Ahead With Double Mastectomy

Michelle Heaton put on a brave face last night at the 'London Lifestyle Award' after revealing she WILL be going ahead with a double mastectomy and an operation to remove her ovaries.

Earlier this year, the former Liberty X singer found out she was a carrier of mutated gene BRCA2 which increases the chances of getting breast cancer by 80% and ovarian cancer by 30%.

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Michelle revealed her heartbreaking decision on 'Lorraine' yesterday calling it a "no-brainer".

"I think having such a high risk of breast cancer – albeit I know in my lifetime - so right now I know it's not particularly 80 per cent but every day that goes past I'm constantly feeling my breasts," she said.

"I'm looking for things that aren't even there, I'm worried, I'm looking for side effects and I just think that preventative surgery is the best option for me.

"It's not for everybody, but talking to other women and talking to people who have gone through it and talking to women who didn't have the preventative surgery but later contracted cancer, is enough for me to realise that this is the best option for me. So I'm hoping that it can be done sooner rather than later so I can just get on with things."

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The star also told the chat show host she plans to have reconstructive surgery.

"Given the information that the surgeon passed onto me, he's eliminated skin grafting from my stomach and my thighs because I don't have enough skin or fat there," she said.

"The only two options are skin grafts from my buttocks, or implants. I've researched into the buttock skin graft and it sounds pretty horrendous and it comes with a lot of complications, so my only option is implants. So I'm going to go down the route of a double mastectomy and reconstruction using implants."

When Michelle last appeared on 'Lorraine', she spoke of her guilt at the possibility she had passed the gene on to daughter Faith, and how she was scared about not being able to have more children.

But she has now decided to have her ovaries removed at a later date to allow her and husband Hugh to conceive a second child.

"The plan for that is that I'm going to hopefully have another child in a couple of years and then I will get my ovaries removed pre-forties,' she explained. 'That's my decision; I'm going to go for that procedure as well. When exactly that will be I'm not sure, but it will be before I'm 40, I've made that decision," she explained.