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Sharon's terrible dilemma

It's hard to think of any tougher decision a woman might ever have to make about her health than to opt for a double mastectomy.

Sharon Osbourne has revealed that she made that decision because she's already had colon cancer and having discovered she carries the breast cancer gene, came to the verdict: "The odds are not in my favour."

"I just wanted to live my life without that fear all the time," she added.

"It's not 'pity me', it's a decision I made that's got rid of this weight that I was carrying around."

But it is still an enormously brave decision. And by talking about it, in an interview in celebrity bible Hello!, she will have helped countless other women faced with the same terrible choice.

She may give the impression of being a bit madcap and eccentric but the formidable Mrs Osbourne is nobody's fool. She's been through the mill in recent years.

She's had to deal with her own cancer and then with the revelation that her 26-year-old son Jack has MS.

He and his wife have recently given birth to baby Pearl. Sharon says she wants to live to see her grandchild grow up.

In pictures to accompany the article she looks as glamorous as ever - although she points out that she's now had enough of the cosmetic surgery that's she's had in the past to help her maintain her looks.

The decision to opt for the double mastectomy she describes as a "no-brainer."

But it can't have been an easy decision. How could it ever be?

The gutsy Mrs Osbourne is a woman of true grit and courage. Beneath the wacky façade, a real heroine.