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Cervical cancer screening with acetic acid could save lives

Added: Tuesday 25 June 2013

A trial has been carried out among women living in some of India's poorest areas on the efficacy of visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) as a method for screening for cervical cancer. The results show that women who received the screening were less likely to die from cervical cancer than women who were not screened. The researchers suggest that this method could save many lives in poor countries such as India, because the VIA technique does not require a laboratory for testing and the health workers carrying out the screening do not have to be educated to university level. The test simply involves a trained health worker applying diluted acetic acid to the cervix and checking it with the naked eye.