West Pavilion Center Offers Free Skin Cancer Screening

For more than a decade the Albert C. and Bertha P. Markstein Cancer Education and Prevention Center, located in the West Pavilion building, has been educating the community and Samuel Merritt College (SMC) employees about decreasing the risk of cancer by offering free skin cancer screenings.

‘We see everyone from 18 years and older,’ said Leslie Paine, MOT,O.T.R./L , Manager of Markstein Cancer Education and Prevention Center. ‘It’s for people who are having a hard time seeing their own dermatologist or whose insurance won’t cover the procedure.’

According to the American Cancer Society website everyone, regardless of skin color, is at risk for skin cancer and should protect themselves from the sun. When getting tested physicians look immediately in three sensitive spots: behind the ears, on the top of the head, and the back.

Patients should be familiar with their own skin, especially the pattern of moles, freckles and beauty marks, and call a doctor if any unusual changes are found.

‘Early detection is key to ensuring melanomas aren't fatal,’ said Paine.

SMC employees are welcome to make appointments for the months of June and August. For more information call the Marstein Center Education & Prevention Center at (510) 869-8833.

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