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CMHS seminar on March 22 to focus on colon cancer

Ventura, California, 03/15/2011

Screening for colon cancer, the second-leading cause of death from cancer in the United States, will be the focus of a free seminar Community Memorial Health System is holding on Tuesday, March 22.

Benito Pedraza, a Ventura gastroenterologist, will lead the seminar from 6 to 8 p.m. in the eighth-floor Nichols Auditorium at Community Memorial Hospital, located at 147 Brent St. in Ventura.

While it can be deadly, colon cancer is a preventable disease. Dr. Pedraza’s presentation will concentrate on: when to consider being screened for colon cancer; what screening tests are currently available; what are the risks and benefits of each screening test; and what screening methods are being developed for future use.

Dr. Pedraza received his medical degree from the Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and is an active member of the Community Memorial Hospital medical staff.

Space is limited, so call 805/652-5436 for reservations, or go to

Community Memorial Health System is a not-for-profit health system, which is comprised of Community Memorial Hospital, Ojai Valley Community Hospital, and nine family-practice health centers entitled Centers for Family Health.  The health system is located in Ventura County, California.