05/11/2012 02:28 GMT | Updated 05/11/2012 05:18 GMT

Sharon Osbourne Has Double Mastectomy Over Cancer Fears

Sharon Osbourne has revealed she recently underwent a preventive double mastectomy over fears she could develop breast cancer.

The TV star battled colon cancer in the early 2000s, and she was left stunned to discover she has a genetic mutation which raises her chances of being diagnosed with breast cancer.

Sharon Osbourne told Hello she has had a double mastectomy over fears she could develop breast cancer.

She decided to have surgery in a bid to lessen her chances, and has opened up about her ordeal in an interview with Hello! magazine.

Sharon says: "As soon as I found out I had the breast cancer gene, I thought: 'The odds are not in my favour'. 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."


The reality TV star's son Jack became a first-time dad to daughter Pearl earlier this year and the 60 year old reveals that her role as grandmother made her more determined to go ahead with the op, which lasted 13 hours.

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She adds, "For me, it wasn't a big decision, it was a no-brainer. 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.

"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.

The full interview appears in this week's Hello magazine, on sale now.