Cervical Cancer Screening in Low-Resource Countries

August 2, 2013
Electra D. Paskett, PhD

Electra D. Paskett, PhD, Professor, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University, discusses screening for cervical cancer.

Electra D. Paskett, PhD, Professor, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University, discusses screening for cervical cancer.

Pap smear screening is not feasible in low-resources countries because of personnel, infrastructure, and laboratory space. In these low-resource countries, vinegar is a reasonable alternative.

Clinical Pearls

In the U.S., large pap test programs are well-received and integrated into the workings of the medical care system. There are pockets of populations that do not have regular pap smear screening because of access, cost, and mistrust of the medical care community. In these areas, vinegar could be a reasonable alternative.

  • Pap smear screening is not feasible in low-resource countries because of personnel, infrastructure, and laboratory space
  • Vinegar is a reasonable screening tool for cervical cancer screening
  • There are pockets of populations in the U.S. that could use vinegar as an alternative screening tool