SOURCE: The Pam McDonald Fund

August 11, 2005 15:31 ET

Just Ask for It by Name: The Pam McDonald Fund, a Non-Profit Group Dedicated to Raising Awareness and Funding of Ovarian Cancer, Advises Women to Seek Available Screening Tests for Ovarian Cancer


BETHESDA, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 11, 2005 -- Ovarian cancer symptoms only whisper to its victims. And because most symptoms are subtle, 75% of all women diagnosed are already in a late stage of the cancer, with little hope of surviving five years.

Fortunately, there are tests today to prevent a late and possible terminal diagnosis.

Unfortunately, few women understand the availability of these tests, nor know them by name.

In celebration of the life of their mom and friend, who died an untimely death from ovarian cancer due to a late diagnosis, the Pam McDonald Fund, a non-profit organization in the Washington, DC area, announces the "Just Ask for it By Name" campaign, a new market-awareness tool to encourage women to ask their physicians for screening tests for ovarian cancer.

The sooner ovarian cancer is found and treated, the better the chance for recovery, but ovarian cancer is hard to detect, especially in the early stages. As a baseline, tests for early detection and screening include:

--  Pelvic and rectal examination
--  Ultrasound
--  CA125 Blood Test
"There is virtually no reason that all women today should not be screened for ovarian cancer as part of their routine medical care," says Matthew Blocher, co-founder of the Pam McDonald Fund. "If my mother, an otherwise healthy and active 56-year-old, knew about, or had the opportunity to ask for these tests by name, she may in fact be alive today. Our hope is to share this vital information with others, so they ask their physicians for advanced screening, before it is too late. If we can communicate the importance of early detection and screening of ovarian cancer as a preventive measure to women everywhere, my mother's death may not be in vain," he concludes.

This year, on September 10th, the Fund hosts the Pam McDonald Annual Golf Fore Life Tournament to support ovarian cancer research and education at the Westfields Golf Club, in Clifton, Va. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

About the Pam McDonald Fund

The Pam McDonald Fund is a non-profit organization, whose primary goals are to be a strong and active voice in ovarian cancer awareness and early detection, and to raise funds for research, treatment, and prevention. The Fund was started by the family and friends of Pam McDonald, who lost her life at an early age to ovarian cancer. Struck by the lack of awareness of early detection as one way to fight ovarian cancer, the Fund today puts the loss of their mother and friend into positive energy. This year marks the fourth year the Fund hosts the Pam McDonald Annual Golf Fore Life Tournament, which has raised more than $175,000 to support ovarian cancer research and education. For more information, including corporate sponsorship opportunities, contact Matthew Blocher, (202) 302-1195.

Information contained in this document is the opinion of the Pam McDonald Fund and should not replace the advice of a licensed physician.

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