By Rometa Porter _ On Saturday, October 31, Dianne Townsend, community breast health educator and advocate, presented a breast cancer awareness workshop for Eta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Nu Chapter at the Highlands Library in Jacksonville. Ms. Townsend, a 28-year survivor and Chapter President of Sisters Network Northeast Florida, uses the month of October each year (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) to bring attention to the impact of breast cancer in the African-American community. This year’s workshop entitled “Understanding Breast Cancer,” provided information on key risk factors, screening methods, diagnosis, and treatment. Breast cancer is the most common cancer for African-American women and the second leading cause of cancer deaths for African-American women. Ms. Townsend’s desire is to increase awareness about the benefits of breast cancer screening and early detection, and to encourage women to take charge of their personal health by understanding their risks and choosing a healthy lifestyle. Ms. Diagnosed at 33 years of age, she holds a Master of Science in Health Education and a 10 year member of the President of Sisters Network Jacksonville Chapter.