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Sharon Osbourne Undergoes Elective Double Mastectomy as Preemptive Cancer Treatment

After learning that she carried a gene that put her at a 45- to 70-percent chance for developing breast cancer before the age of 70, 60-year-old Sharon Osbourne told Hello! (via Daily Mail) that she put her health before her vanity.

The colon cancer survivor confides, "I've had cancer before, and I didn't want to live under that cloud," explaining, "I decided to just take everything off, and had a double mastectomy." Recovery from the surgery, which removes all breast tissue, can take anywhere from three to six weeks. But to the Osbourne matriarch, the choice was easy. “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 explains.

"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." Meeting her granddaughter Pearl, born to her son Jack in April, only solidified her choice. Sharon says, “‘I want to be around for a long time and be a grandmother to Pearl.”

What do you think? Is is wise to risk your health with a major elective surgery due to a heightened chance of cancer down the road? Weigh in and let us know what you think.

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Best not to meddle with nature...

Whatever it takes to reduce my risk of cancer!

11.6.2012 / 06:40 AM EDT by Daynah Burnett
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