Sharon Osbourne says she had a double mastectomy after learning she carries a gene that increases the risk of developing breast cancer. Osbourne told Hello! magazine that “I didn’t want to live the rest of my life with that shadow hanging over me.”
Osbourne, 60, told the publication that the decision was a “no-brainer” in the end.
“As soon as I found out I had the breast cancer gene, I thought: ‘The odds are not in my favor’,” she said in remarks that also ran in the Daily Mirror tabloid.
“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.”
“I want to be around for a long time and be a grandmother to Pearl,” she added, referring to her son Jack’s first child.
“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.”