Sharon Osbourne on Double Mastectomy: "It was a no brainer"
Sharon Osbourne is no stranger to cancer, having battled it 10 years ago when colon cancer reared its ugly head. In a preemptive move, she has undergone a double mastectomy to reduce the risk of a return.
Her decision comes soon after Channel 4's Stand Up To Cancer Campaign, in which the former X-Factor judge played a part. "For me, it wasn't a big decision, it was a no-brainer," she told Hello! "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." For Osbourne, her health is more important that her appearance, and as someone who's experiences cancer before, you can only sympathise with her decision. "I didn't even think of my breasts in a nostalgic way," she told the magazine. "I just wanted to be able to live my life without that fear all the time. It's not 'pity me', it's a decision I made that's got rid of this weight that I was carrying around."
The whole experience has put her off plastic surgery, as the 60-year old Brixton born star aims to prolong her life, rather than maintain the vain aesthetics of it. "Sometimes I'll see a photo and I'll think, 'My face looks plastic'; it can look so unnatural from certain angles," Sharon says. "Now I am definitely, definitely done. You can't buy your youth back, no matter how much money you've got I won't be going under the knife again."