Sharon Osbourne has double mastectomy

2012-11-05 10:49
Los Angeles - Sharon Osbourne has undergone a double mastectomy.

The 60-year-old TV host - who has battled colon cancer in the past - decided to have both of her breasts removed after finding out she carried a gene which increases the chances of her developing cancer in the chest area.

She said: "I've had cancer before and I didn't want to live under that cloud - I decided to take everything off.

"The odds are not in my favour. For me, it wasn't a big decision, it was a no brainer."

'Live life without that fear'

Sharon added part of her decision to have the 13-hour surgery to have them removed was due to the arrival of her first grandchild Pearl from son Jack Osbourne and his partner Lisa Stelly earlier this year.

She told Hello! magazine: "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."


  • bo.hiscox - 2012-11-05 12:21

    Good for her! I carry the same gene, and plan on the same course of action. And I am only 24 years old. Better to be safe, than have to deal with the consequences later in life. The technology exists to track this gene, why not make use of it for long-term panning of your health?

      william.nettmann - 2012-11-05 12:31

      That must be an enormous decision for a woman. I don't know anything about it at all, but isn't it possible that technology and medical science will find a better way around the gene thing in the next number of years, which wouldn't benefit anyone who did the surgery? It actually happened to someone that I know of, who, being blind, had both eyes removed at the age of sixteen, and used glass eyes so as to not look different. A cure or treatment was discovered for the eye defect that he had a bit later in his life, but it was too late for him.

  • coenraad.vanderwesthuizen.3 - 2012-11-05 13:57

    Brave as a lioness and tough as nails. Crikey! Anyone that can share a house with the Ozzman...

  • jamesrw.wadsworth - 2012-11-05 23:31

    It is truly a painful time when you hear that someone close is suffering from cancer. Family, friends, no one is able to hide from this menace. This afternoon I heard from a friend who has to go for tests tomorrow. The painful thing is that he has won the fight with cancer twice, I pray that this is not his third. He is a true survivor. I will not mention names, but my friend, you are in my prayers! James

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