Using Vinegar as a Cervical Cancer Screening Tool

Electra D. Paskett, PhD, Professor, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University, describes the use of vinegar (acetic acid) as a cervical cancer screening tool.

Electra D. Paskett, PhD, Professor, College of Medicine, The Ohio State University, describes the use of vinegar (acetic acid) as a cervical cancer screening tool.

In this large, cluster-randomized study in Mumbai, India, 150,000 women were screened every 2 years (n = 75,360) using visual inspection with acetic acid or no cervical cancer screening (n = 76,178) -- the current local standard of care in India, where there is no countrywide Pap screening program because there is no infrastructure to support it.

Clinical Pearls

A reduction in death in the intervention arm was demonstrated, proving that this program is effective in a low-resource country.

  • 150,000 women were randomized to screening every 2 years using visual inspection with acetic acid or no cervical cancer screening
  • There was a reduction in death in the intervention arm, proving that this program is effective