Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Simple test using the key ingredient of vinegar can detect cervical cancer

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A test using the key ingredient in vinegar, acetic acid, a speculum and a bright light, could aid in the detection of cervical cancer in poor countries, according to a study published in Lancet.

The trial was conducted in India. The researchers, led by Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan, tested over 31,000 women. 3,088 women were screen positive and went on to further testing, turning up 1,874 cases of precancerous lesions. The women who were screened were 25% less likely to develop cervical cancer and 35% less likely to die from it.

This test was developed at Johns Hopkins and could be an effective screening tool as the pap smear as well as the new HPV vaccines are too expensive for many countries.

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