Sharon Osbourne had double mastectomy

Osborne opted for preventative surgery

WRITTEN BY: Mackenzie Dye
Sharon Osbourne with her daughter Kelly before surgery in January 2012
Image Source: J.J. Duncan via Flickr
Sharon Osbourne with her daughter Kelly before surgery in January 2012

Sharon Osbourne has made a drastic, but smart, decision to prevent herself from developing breast cancer. The mother and wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne underwent a double mastectomy after doctors warned she was likely to develop the disease.

Having battled colon cancer a decade ago, Sharon Osbourne decided to take preventative action against breast cancer, which she is genetically likely according to her physicians. She had the surgery last summer, but told U.K.’s Hello! magazine about her decision recently according to NY Daily News.

"As soon as I found out I had the breast cancer gene, I thought, 'The odds are not in my favor,' " Sharon Obsourne told Hello!, “I didn’t want to live the rest of my life with that shadow hanging over me.”

Her decision to have a double mastectomy came at a time when her son, Jack Osbourne, was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. MS is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system through the brain and spinal cord. Jack was diagnosed just after the birth of his daughter, Pearl. This new bundle of joy and Jack’s condition also affected Sharon Osbourne’s decision, which she called a “no-brainer.”

"I want to be around for a long time and be a grandmother to Pearl," she said of her decision, "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."

Sharon Osbourne is a former reality T.V. star from the MTV show The Osbournes and former America’s Got Talent judge. Osbourne is now the co-host of The Talk.

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