How Vinegar Can Save Thousands of Lives
Potential affordable health screening for all.
A cheap and simple vinegar test in India has lowered the rate of cervical cancer deaths by one-third, according to new research. The results may create a shift in healthcare and can possibly help save thousands of lives by preventing the disease.
In developing countries that can’t afford cancer screening options like pap smears or HPV tests, lack of preventative care for the disease increases deaths rates. As a result, in India for example, cervical cancer is leading cause of cancer deaths.
Using a borrowed method called visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA), where the cervix is swabbed with a diluted vinegar solution, researchers were able to carry out screenings with very little training and not much equipment. The results show up in minutes.
The results revealed the affordable screenings reduced the amount of cervical cancer deaths in the area by 31 percent.
Can we implement this around the world, too?
“Results show that progress can happen at both ends of the technology spectrum, from cutting-edge drugs to the simple use of vinegar to detect cervical cancer,” said moderator and ASCO spokesperson Jyoti Patel, MD, an oncologist at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, in a written statement
. “It is especially gratifying that some of this meeting’s biggest advances are against cervical cancer, which affects the most disadvantaged women in every society. At the same time, patients with thyroid, breast and brain cancers will live better, and in some cases longer, due to studies presented today.”
What a milestone! One can only hope the practice can be put into effect on a global level. Let’s start being proactive, people.
How do you think the new findings will influence cervical cancer screenings?
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