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Beth Battaglino, RN-C, CEO of HealthyWomen

Beth brings a unique combination of sharp business expertise and women's health insight to her leadership of the organization. Beth has worked in the health care industry for more than 25 years helping to define and drive public education programs on a broad range of women's health issues. She launched and has expanded the brand. As a result of her leadership, HealthyWomen was recognized as one of the top 100 women's health web sites by Forbes for three consecutive years, and was recognized by Oprah magazine as one of the top women's health web sites. HealthyWomen now connects to millions of women across the country through its wide program distribution and innovative use of technology.

Beth is responsible for the business development and strategic positioning of HealthyWomen. She creates partnerships with key health care professionals and consumer groups to provide strategic, engaging and informative award-winning programs. She serves as the organization's chief spokesperson, regularly participating in corporate, non-profit, community and media events. She also is a practicing nurse in maternal child health at Riverview Medical Center- Hackensack Meridian Health, in Red Bank, NJ.

In addition to her nursing degree, Beth holds degrees in political science, business and public administration from Marymount University.

To stay sane, she loves to run and compete in road races. She enjoys skiing and sailing with her husband and young son, and welcoming new babies into the world.

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How You Can Easily Reduce Your Risk for Cervical Cancer

How You Can Easily Reduce Your Risk for Cervical Cancer

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month during which time HealthyWomen advocates the importance of routine medical screening through a simple Pap test.

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While many women schedule their annual gynecological exams around their birthdays, there are—unfortunately—millions of American women who evade their routine checkups as much as they try to avoid turning another year older!

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month during which time HealthyWomen advocates the importance of routine medical screening through a simple Pap test. If you didn't get to your gynecologist this past birthday, there's no time like January for making a fresh start and an important step forward in your health!

Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting women worldwide. But it is also largely preventable and curable with regular Pap tests and pelvic exams, according to the National Cancer Institute. Sure, getting a pelvic exam might not be the most enjoyable experience but neither is visiting the accountant each April—and yet we never seem to forget that appointment!

In recent years we've learned more about the causes and prevention of cervical cancer so take a minute to digest the following facts:

• Nearly all cases of cervical cancer can be associated with the human papillomavirus known as HPV. With over 100 strains of the virus, this sexually transmitted disease has 15 high-risk strains that are directly linked to cervical cancer. Persistent HPV infection can be a predictor of current or future malignancy.

• In addition to HPV infection, age, sexual activity, smoking, nutrition and family history can play a part in the likelihood of developing cancer of the cervix.

Women need to know what the risk factors are for developing cervical cancer, how to prevent the spread of HPV and the cure rate for early detection—and we're here to help.

With a host of information at your fingertips at, we hope to help enlighten—not frighten—you into making informed decisions when it comes to genital health. If it's been a while since you've had a pelvic exam and Pap test, it's time to pick up the phone and make that call to your health provider.

Schedule your appointment, and invite your sister or a friend to come along. If she's also due for a checkup, make your appointments together. If not, you can celebrate life together by having her accompany you to the waiting room and maybe stop for coffee afterward. Be sure to return the favor when it's time for her appointment!

If we don't stay true to ourselves and our sisters, who will be there for us in the future when we turn the calendar page to celebrate another milestone?

Pick up the phone and call!

Click here to learn more about preventing and coping with gynecologic cancer.

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