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Vinegar Offers Dependable Test For Cervical Cancer

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March 16, 1999
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An inexpensive, easy test that changes the color of precancerous tissue could be used to screen women for cervical cancer and its precursors in geographic areas where Pap smears may not be available, according to a study of African women by researchers at Johns Hopkins and the University of Zimbabwe.

An inexpensive, easy test that changes the color of precancerous tissue could be used to screen women for cervical cancer and its precursors in geographic areas where Pap smears may not be available, according to a study of African women by researchers at Johns Hopkins and the University of Zimbabwe. Results of the study, published in the March 13 issue of the British journal The Lancet, showed that nurse-midwives who wiped a patient's cervix with acetic acid (vinegar) and then visually inspected the area accurately detected more than 75 percent of potential cancers among the study participants. Tissue harboring precancerous lesions turns white when exposed to vinegar. The test identified almost twice as many cases of disease as did Pap smears.


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