Sharon Osbourne is a woman in charge! The talk-show host has revealed that she made the decision to have a double mastectomy after she found out that she carries the gene that makes her predisposed to develop breast cancer.
The star makes the admission in the new issue of Britain's Hello! magazine which hits newsstands later this week.
"As soon as I found out I had the breast cancer gene, I thought: 'The odds are not in my favor'," she tells the publication. "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."
When it came to making the decision, she admits it was a relatively easy one and it was made easier by the birth of her son Jack's daughter, Pearl, earlier this year.
"For me, it wasn't a big decision, it was a no-brainer," she adds. "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."
With the news of her brave decision, the star joins a growing group of celebrities who have decided to take charge of their health by having double mastectomies. Here are some of the stars who took control of their breasts:
Giuliana Rancic: The E! host and reality star stunned fans when she revealed that she was putting her baby plans on hold after learning that she had breast cancer in October 2011. Two months later, she shocked them again during an appearance on the "Today" show by announcing that she would be undergoing a double mastectomy. She opted for the radical procedure after an initial lumpectomy failed to remove all of the cancer cells in order to offer better odds of keeping the cancer away. "For me, it was important to get the cancer out," she said of her choice. "That's what I wanted to do, just get it out."
Christina Applegate: The "Up All Night" star was on the rise when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. She was riding the tide of her new sitcom, "Samantha Who," which was a hit with the critics and was garnering awards and walking the red carpet with her then new fiance, Martyn LeNoble. Everything came crashing down when she received the news that she had breast cancer. For her part, the star had previously watched her mom go through her own battle with the disease and did not want to relive the ongoing battle. Upon learning that she too had inherited the gene that could trigger the disease and increase the likelihood of recurrence, she decided to have a double mastectomy despite the fact that cancer was found only in one breast. These days she's enjoying the success of the second season of her hit NBC sitcom along with her now husband and their 21-month-old daughter.
Maura Tierney: It was a case of bad timing when the star was diagnosed with breast cancer just as she was about to start filming for the NBC drama "Parenthood" in 2009. The diagnosis ultimately cost her the role which was recast with "Gilmore Girls" alumnae Lauren Graham. The former "ER" star was advised that she had an aggressive form of breast cancer and she ultimately underwent a couple mastectomy. She is currently guest starring on "The Good Wife" in the role of Maddie Hayward with fellow "ER" alum Julianna Margulies.
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