As we approach the middle of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, British researchers claim a test called visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) could save 100,000 women from cervical cancer in developing countries every year.
VIA tests cost nearly seven dollars less than the human papillomavirus (HPV) test, which is used in more developed countries like the United States.
According to a Reuters article published Thursday, lead researcher David Gregory from the University College London said, "VIA is an effective and affordable tool to screen women for pre-cancerous lesions of the cervix in under-resourced countries."
He stated further that VIA could reduce cervical cancer deaths by nearly a third, which as previously stated, is about 100,000 lives saved.
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