Women’s Health Initiative

Our goal is to look at the prevalence of precancerous and cancerous cervical lesions caused by HPV in the rural Peruvian female population. We aim to do this by using the Vinegar (Acetic Acid) test, which research has shown can be a very effective as well as a low-cost method in diagnosing precancerous and cancerous cervical lesions. When using Acetic Acid brushes on the cervix, the substance highlights cancerous lesions by turning them white, which allows a physician to visibly see the lesions on a patient. This method allows the physician to diagnose and remove cancerous lesions all in one office visit, which is very feasible and effective for a rural population.

Participants working on this project:

Chantal Bhan

Kayla Jelinek

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