More than a decade after she successfully beat colon cancer, Sharon Osbourne has revealed that she recently underwent a precautionary double mastectomy to prevent a future risk of breast cancer. 


The 60-year-old former "X-Factor" judge and reality star told Hello! Magazine the news, saying the procedure was done after a screening discovered she carried a faulty gene that predisposes her to breast cancer. 


"As soon as I found out I had the breast cancer gene, I thought: 'The odds are not in my favor.'


"I’ve had cancer before and I didn’t want to live under that cloud: I decided to just take everything off, and had a double mastectomy."


According to, women who carry the mutated genes BRCA1 or BRCA2 are about five times more likely to develop breast cancer than women who do not have the mutation.


"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. 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's news comes less than a few months after her son Jack was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. "He's great — he's doing really, really good and I want to thank everyone for all their texts and goodwill and love they send to us," she told "The Talk" in June.


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Sharon Osbourne: I had a double mastectomy
Former 'X-Factor' judge Sharon Osbourne says the discovery of a faulty gene that increases the chance of breast cancer led her to undergo the procedure.