A vinegar cancer test that uses sterilized vinegar to detect cervical cancer has proven to be extremely successful. “With the VIA screen, vinegar is applied to the cervix with a cotton swab. The vinegar causes lesions to turn white, whereas healthy tissue doesn’t change color. After a minute, a health-care worker visually inspects the cervix with the help of a light, to detect any lesions,” reported The Wall Street Journal on June 2, 2013.
The simple “one-minute” vinegar cancer test does not use quite off-the-shelf household vinegar but sterilized vinegar that is made by combining acetic acid with water.
The fact that health-care workers can use inexpensive vinegar to detect cervical cancer is a breakthrough discovery that will affect early cancer screening around the world in countries and areas where expensive Pap tests are not available or not affordable.
Being able to use vinegar as a cancer test and getting immediate results of the test is also helping health-care workers all over the world to actually get the results to women – especially women who, for various reasons, are often not able to return to a health care center for a second time.
The study of the vinegar cancer test began in India in 1999 and was originally planned to be conducted until 2016.
Because of the vinegar cancer test’s amazing success, however, the study has been stopped after 12 years and declared completed early.
The vinegar cancer test was led by Surendra S. Shastri who is the head of preventive oncology at Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumba in India.
During the 12-year-study of the vinegar cancer screening test of 150,000 women in India, the death rate from cervical cancer was reduced by 31%.
“Researchers who led the study estimated that widespread implementation of vinegar screening could prevent 22,000 cervical-cancer deaths every year in India, and nearly 73,000 deaths in resource-poor countries around the world. Study results were released Sunday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago.”
In contrast to Pap tests, which include scraping cells from the opening of the cervix and microscopically examining them for signs of cancerous or precancerous lesions, the vinegar cancer test does not require the use of a microscope or expensive laboratories.
In contrast to Pap tests, which can cost $15 or more because it screens for the human papillomavirus (HPV), the vinegar cancer test costs patients less than $1 – at least in India.
Dr. Surendra S. Shastri said about the success of the vinegar cancer test that “we now have a method which could, in a very simple way, reduce cervical cancer mortality in low-resource countries like India.”
There are many more “low-resource” areas in the world that can benefit from the simple vinegar cancer test; even in the United States.