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Malignant Melanoma is Focus of CMHS Seminar on Aug. 20

Ventura, California, 07/29/2013

The diagnosis and treatment of malignant melanoma – which claims the lives of over 8,000 people each year – will be the focus of a free seminar Community Memorial Health System is holding on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Samuel Bern, M.D., a Ventura plastic and reconstructive surgeon who treats patients with melanoma and other skin cancers, 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.

Dr. Bern will cover risk factors and strategies to prevent melanoma as well as treatment options available, with an emphasis on self skin examination and avoiding ultraviolet radiation.

Dr. Bern received his medical degree from Yale University and trained in general surgery at Harvard University and plastic surgery at UCLA. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology. Dr. Bern also has been an active member of the Community Memorial Hospital staff since 1992.

Admission is free but space is limited, and reservations are required. Call 805-652-5436, or visit

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