British pop singer-turned-TV star Michelle Heaton is set to undergo a mastectomy and have her ovaries removed over fears about contracting cancer.

The former Liberty X star revealed over the summer (12) she has the Brca2 gene, meaning she is up to 80 per cent more likely to fall victim to breast cancer.

Heaton, 33, admitted she was debating undergoing a double mastectomy, as well as having her ovaries removed, as a pre-emptive move against the illness - and she has now decided to go ahead with the surgery.

She tells British magazine Ok!, "I really have no other option. I'm doing it to save my life. I don't want to live waiting for cancer to strike. I'm more scared than I (have) ever been in my life. I don't want to die young."