Vinegar test cuts cervical cancer deaths, study finds
A simple vinegar test slashed cervical cancer death rates by one-third in a remarkable study of 150,000 women in the slums of India, where the disease is the top cancer killer of women.
Doctors reported the results yesterday at a cancer conference in Chicago. Experts called the outcome "amazing" and said the quick, cheap test could save tens of thousands of lives each year in developing countries.
The study tried a test that can be done by local people with just two weeks of training. They swab the cervix with diluted vinegar, which can make abnormal cells briefly change colour. The low-tech exam cut the cervical cancer death rate by 31pc, the study found.
"It's a very exciting result," said Dr Ted Trimble of the National Cancer Institute in the US, the main sponsor of the study.