Women residing at New Community Harmony House participated in a workshop recently where they learned about the importance of being screened for breast and cervical cancer. The presentation was made by Zelia DeSouza, a health educator with S.A.V.E. (Screening Access of Value to Essex, a free cancer screening program based at Newark’s University Hospital. DeSouza shared her own health challenges and how she managed to overcome them. She also demonstrated, using models, the proper way to perform self breast examinations, as well as discussed why the women should go for regular gynecological check-ups, where they can have a pap test and breast exam performed by a physician. “There is a need for women to take better control of their health because in many cases they are the sole providers for their families,” said Stacey Davis, the Essex County College intern who helped organize the session.