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Thu Oct 23 17:48:08 SAST 2014

Sharon Osbourne has double masectomy to reduce breast cancer risk

Bang Showbiz | 05 November, 2012 11:20
Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon pose at the premiere of "Total Recall" at the Grauman's Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California August 1, 2012.
Image by: MARIO ANZUONI / REUTERS

Celebrity TV host Sharon Osbourne has had both of her breasts removed after discovering she carried a gene which increases the chance of developing breast cancer.

The 60-year-old wife of rocker Ozzy has battled colon cancer in the past.

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."

Osbourne added part of her decision to have the 13-hour double mastectomy surgery was due to the arrival of her first grandchild Pearl from son Jack 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."

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