An article in the New York Times displays an innovative strategy that physicians are using in Thailand to fight cervical cancer. According to the article, “What allowed the nurse to render that reassuring diagnosis was a remarkably simple, brief and inexpensive procedure, one with the potential to do for poor countries what the Pap smear did for rich ones: end cervical cancer’s reign as the No. 1 cancer killer of women. The magic ingredient? Household vinegar.”

The strategy was developed by experts at the Johns Hopkins medical school in the 1990s and endorsed last year by the World Health Organization. The procedure—simply brushing vinegar on a woman’s cervix—turns precancerous spots white. “They can then be immediately frozen off with a metal probe cooled by a tank of carbon dioxide, available from any Coca-Cola bottling plant,” the report states.

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