Sarah-Jane Wilson’s shock life-saving surgery: The Block star undergoes double mastectomy


The Block star Sarah-Jane Wilson has undergone major surgery just weeks after her disastrous auction during the show’s finale. 

The mother-of-one, 30, had a double mastectomy after discovering she carries the BRCA1 gene and has a much higher risk of developing breast cancer. 

Sarah-Jane said the life-saving surgery was approved just one day prior to the November 5 Block auctions. 

The Block star Sarah-Jane Wilson has revealed she underwent a double mastectomy just weeks after the show’s finale

‘It’s been a long time in the making – I’ve been on this list for five-plus years. Then, the day before The Block auction, they called me: “We’ve got a spot for you,”‘ she said in an Instagram post on Tuesday. 

Sarah-Jane decided to have the procedure because her mother first developed breast cancer at the age of 36. 

The reality star, who placed third on this season of The Block with her husband Tom, explained she had all of her breast tissue removed before getting implants. 

Wilson said the life-saving surgery was approved just one day prior to the November 5 auctions after being on a waiting list for five years

Wilson said the life-saving surgery was approved just one day prior to the November 5 auctions after being on a waiting list for five years

Sarah-Jane said the life-saving surgery was approved just one day prior to the November 5 auctions after being on a waiting list for five years

The reality star showed off her medical garments on her Instagram page, including a compression bra with two bags under her arms to drain fluid from her breasts to prevent swelling

The reality star showed off her medical garments on her Instagram page, including a compression bra with two bags under her arms to drain fluid from her breasts to prevent swelling

Sarah-Jane, who placed third on this season of The Block with her husband Tom, explained she had all of her breast tissue removed before getting implants

Sarah-Jane, who placed third on this season of The Block with her husband Tom, explained she had all of her breast tissue removed before getting implants 

She showed off her medical garments, including a compression bra with two bags under her arms to drain fluid from her breasts to prevent swelling.

‘It is day five since my double mastectomy and I’ve got my compression bra on, which they ask you to wear afterwards,’ she explained. 

‘I’ve had all my breast tissue removed, then I got implants put in straight away.’

The mother-of-one decided to have the life-saving procedure because her mother first developed breast cancer at the age of 36

The mother-of-one decided to have the life-saving procedure because her mother first developed breast cancer at the age of 36

What is the BRCA gene and how does it affect people’s risk of cancer?

Having a mutated BRCA gene – as famously carried by Angelina Jolie – dramatically increases the chance a woman will develop breast cancer in her lifetime, from 12 per cent to 90 per cent. 

Between one in 800 and one in 1,000 women carry a BRCA gene mutation, which increases the chances of breast and ovarian cancer. 

Both BRCA1 and BRCA2 are genes that produce proteins to suppress tumours. When these are mutated, DNA damage can be caused and cells are more likely to become cancerous.  

The mutations are usually inherited and increase the risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer significantly.    

When a child has a parent who carries a mutation in one of these genes they have a 50 percent chance of inheriting the mutations.  

About 1.3 per cent of women in the general population will develop ovarian cancer, this increase to 44 percent of women who inherit a harmful BRCA1 mutation. 

She lifted her compression bra to show the drains, confirming they are in good condition and she has a nurse visiting every day to check on her. 

‘I’ve got some bruising, but all going pretty well to be honest. And I do have nipples, for people asking!’ she said. ‘They were able to save my nipples; not everybody’s nipples are salvageable.’ 

Sarah-Jane joins a long line of celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Christina Applegate and Rita Wilson, who have undergone mastectomies. 

Being a carrier of the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene gives a woman a 45-90 per cent lifetime risk of cancer.

These genes also increase breast cancer risk in men.

As many as 65 per cent of women who carry the BRCA1 or 2 genes will get ovarian cancer by the age of 75.

Tom and Sarah-Jane placed third during The Block finale, walking away with a profit of only $20,000 – the lowest earnings since two homes in 2014 made $10,000.

Their property had a reserve price of $4.08million and sold for $4.1million. 

After the disappointing outcome, the pair made the difficult decision to sell the Ford ute they’d won on the show to make ends meet.

Following the finale, the couple took to Instagram to tell their fans they had no choice but to sell their car to make up for lost earnings.

‘Unfortunately for Tom, we will sell the Ford,’ they told their 35,000 followers.

Sarah-Jane also told 9Entertainment the pair had spent a lot of money financing their stint on The Block so they were now in the red.

 

Sarah-Jane and her husband Tom placed third during the finale, walking away with a profit of only $20,000 - the lowest earnings since two homes in 2014 made $10,000 (Pictured: Tom and Sarah-Jane on auction day)

Sarah-Jane and her husband Tom placed third during the finale, walking away with a profit of only $20,000 – the lowest earnings since two homes in 2014 made $10,000 (Pictured: Tom and Sarah-Jane on auction day)

The 'bogan' couple made the difficult decision to sell their car to make ends meet after their disappointing auction day result, which saw them walk away with a profit of only $20,000

The ‘bogan’ couple made the difficult decision to sell their car to make ends meet after their disappointing auction day result, which saw them walk away with a profit of only $20,000

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