Using Vinegar as a Cervical Cancer Screening Tool

June 6, 2013
Electra D. Paskett, PhD

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