DePalma was 41 when she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007. 80% of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer are over age 50.
DePalma spent her final years educating other women about the risk factors of ovarian cancer.
The ovaries are 2 small almond shaped organs that sit on either side of the uterus. The ovaries release eggs (in women of childbearing age) and hormones that help prepare the uterus for childbirth every month.
Risk Factors of Ovarian Cancer
Women who began menstruating at an early age and begin menopause later are at slightly higher risk for developing ovarian cancer.
Also, women who are on hormone replacement, taking birth control pills or breastfeeding are at higher risk for ovarian cancer.
The risk of ovarian cancer decreases with each child a woman has.
Signs and Symptoms
Bloated or fullness in your tummy
Lower back pain
Feeling tired all the time
Urgency to urinate
Feeling full quickly after a meal
Pain during sex
Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
Diarrhea or constipation
While many of these symptoms can also apply to other illnesses or disorders,you should consult with your doctor if you experience any of the above symptoms.