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Vinegar, cotton and light used to detect cervical cancer

In place of unaffordable pap smears, 8 years ago researchers at Johns Hopkins validated a “simple method” for detecting cervical cancer: the use of vinegar. That study was conducted in over 10,000 women across 15 clinics in Zimbabwe (1999 BBC news story). Fast forward to this month and we have a re-validation of this method in 50,000 women in India. A new study was conducted from 2000-2006 (hat tip to Drug Wonks):

A cheap method to detect cervical cancer using vinegar, cotton gauze and a bright light could save millions of women in the developing world, experts reported Friday. The study, published in The Lancet medical journal, found a simple visual screening test to look for the early signs of cervical cancer reduced the numbers of cases by 25%. “This is a landmark study,” said Dr. Harshad Sanghvi, medical director at JHPIEGO…Experts think that the simple, inexpensive technique could be rolled out across the developing world relatively easily. Pilot projects are already under way in a handful of countries in Asia and Africa. Full story: Simple Method Detects Cervical Cancer.

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Written by Aman

August 9, 2007 at 5:06 pm

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