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Sharon Osbourne reveals her double mastectomy was a ‘no-brainer’

Kim Hookem-Smith
Yahoo Lifestyle
5 November 2012

Sharon Osbourne has revealed she’s had a double mastectomy after discovering she carries a gene that significantly boosts the risk of breast cancer.

The TV star recently underwent the gruelling 13-hour operation, after discovering she has a gene that significantly ups her risk of breast cancer.

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And the 60 year old, who beat colon cancer 10 years ago, said she has no regrets over having the preventative op as she couldn’t live under ‘the shadow of cancer.’

She told Hello! magazine:  "I've had cancer before and I didn't want to live under that cloud: I decided to just take everything off.

“For me, it wasn't a big decision, it was a no-brainer,” she explained.

"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 [her son Jack’s baby daughter].

"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."

Her decision to go public with this news comes shortly after Michelle Heaton, 33, admitted she has the BRCA2 cancer gene.

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The former Liberty X singer is said to be planning a double mastectomy and reconstruction this month.
Though Michelle has struggled with the decision, it was being a mum and her responsibility to daughter Faith that made up her mind. But for Sharon, the decision was more straightforward.

“It’s not ‘pity me,’ it’s a decision I made that’s got rid of this weight that I was carrying around,” Sharon added.

Both Sharon and Michelle’s decisions to speak publicly about their discovery of the cancer gene has raised the profile of genetic testing, which is often recommended for families that have been through several cases of breast or ovarian cancer.

 The process involves a DNA analysis to detect genetic mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, which are linked to breast cancer.

Genetic testing can remove the uncertainty and give women the chance to have preemptive treatment as Sharon and Michelle have chosen to do.

But according to Macmillan cancer support, it does not offer 100 per cent peace of mind as not all mutations can be picked up.

Counselling is available during and after testing, and if you are at all concerned, speak to your GP to find out more about the process.

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