This really surprised me….and then I got to thinking, how many of you would do the same thing? Would I?
Sharon Osbourne, 60, is already a cancer survivor. She was diagnosed with colon cancer back in 2002, and was told that the cancer had already spread to her lymph nodes. Sharon battled the disease publicly on MTV’s The Osbournes.
10 years (and many plastic surgeries) later, Sharon tells Hello! Magazine that she underwent a double mastectomy after a test showed that the has the “breast cancer gene” and a 45% or higher chance of developing the disease within the next 10 years. According to Sharon, she didn’t have breast cancer yet, but she had a good chance of getting it in the next decade. She had her breast implants removed in 2011 after suffering complications.
She said: ‘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 gruelling 13-hour operation, which can take between three to six weeks to recover from, was approved by her doctor after she made the discovery.
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.
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.
She 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.
What do you think about Sharon’s decision to undergo a double mastectomy? Do you think it’s drastic – or would you do the same thing? It’s hard to say what I would do in her shoes. If I had the breast cancer gene (and maybe I do?) I might be persuaded to do the exact same thing. What an incredibly difficult decision!
What would you do?