'I couldn't bear to live in the shadow of cancer again': Sharon Osbourne reveals she had double mastectomy after discovering she carries faulty gene
09:13 GMT, 5 November 2012
She has already fought off cancer once. So when Sharon Osbourne discovered she might be at risk of it again, she vowed not to take any chances.
The former X-Factor judge has revealed she underwent a double mastectomy as a precaution against breast cancer – a decade after she won her fight against colon cancer.
Mrs Osbourne, 60, said she took the decision to remove both her breasts after finding she carries a faulty gene which increases the chance of breast cancer.
Open: Sharon Osbourne has revealed she has undergone a double mastectomy after taking the agonising decision to opt for surgery as a precaution against further cancer
Determined to watch her baby granddaughter, Pearl, growing up, she said the risk of the illness was too great for her not to have the operation.
She said: ‘As soon as I found out I had the breast cancer gene, I thought: “The odds are not in my favour.”
Brave: Sharon Osbourne's honest interview is in this month'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.’
gruelling 13-hour operation, which can take between three to six weeks
to recover from, was approved by her doctor after she made the
Mrs Osbourne said genetic tests showed she had inherited a gene fault which increased the risk of breast cancer.
Some people with these gene faults, who often have a strong family history of the disease, can have a 45 to 65 per cent chance of developing breast cancer before the age of 70.
She added: ‘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.’
But despite the deeply invasive treatment and gruelling recovery time, the star said she did not feel sorry for herself.
She added: ‘It’s not “pity me”, it’s a decision I made that’s got rid of this weight that I was carrying around.’
Her account, given in an interview with Hello! magazine, also included details about how breast implants to increase her chest size to 34DD had leaked into her stomach wall.
All change: Sharon Osbourne, left, pictured looking busty alongside husband Ozzy Osbourne and daughter Kelly
Shock: The famous TV moment when Sharon gave Jonathan Ross a hands on guide to her breast implants
Moving on: Sharon shared this picture of herself dressed up as the Queen of Hearts for Halloween last week
In a 2010 interview she
said she regretted having them and said it was ‘like having a waterbed
on your chest’. And last year she revealed she had been forced to remove
the implants after discovering they were faulty.
The star, who has had cosmetic surgery on her face, stomach and legs, now says it has put her off having further work done.
said: ‘Sometimes I’ll see a photo and I’ll think, “My face looks
plastic”; it can look so unnatural from certain angles. 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.’
Mrs Osbourne has admitted spending 300,000 on cosmetic surgery, earning her the title of Queen of Nip and Tuck in a 2008 poll.
In the late 1990s, she had a gastric band fitted to lose weight as numerous dieting attempts failed.
The operation helped her slim from a 16 stone size 22 to an 8 stone size 10 but she had further surgery to improve her look.
It has been a rollercoaster year for the star, who became a grandmother for the first time to baby Pearl in April.
Her son Jack was married in Hawaii last month just months after discovering he had multiple sclerosis at the age of just 26.
Mrs Osbourne has campaigned for greater awareness of colon cancer after she was diagnosed with it in 2002.
She survived against a 33 per cent survival prognosis and founded the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Cedars Sinai Hospital in California two years later.
Mastectomies, which involve the removal of a woman’s breast, are fairly common in England – with 18,000 carried out between 2009-10.
The full interview is in the latest edition of Hello! magazine which is out now.