(NEW YORK) — Sharon Osbourne says she was so fearful of getting breast cancer after discovering she carries a gene that increases her chances, she opted to undergo a double mastectomy and has “no regrets.”
The Sun quotes Osbourne as telling the new issue of Hello! magazine, “As soon as I found out I had the breast cancer gene, I thought ‘The odds are not in my favor.’”
The 60-year-old Osbourne, who beat colon cancer 10 years ago, says, “I’ve had cancer before and didn’t want to live under that cloud. I decided to take everything off and had a double mastectomy. For me, it was a no-brainer.”
The Talk co-host tells the magazine, “I want to be around a long time and be a grandmother…I didn’t even think of my breasts in a nostalgic way. I just wanted to live without that fear.”
Osbourne also reveals she is now against plastic surgery after learning from doctors that her breast implants had leaked into her stomach wall.
Osbourne left America’s Got Talent this past September after six seasons as a judge on the NBC reality show.
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Lisa Respers France and Brian Stelter, CNN
Chandrika Narayan, CNN