Research from HSPH’s Goldie showed inexpensive techniques to combat cervical cancer cost-effective

The New York Times reported on September 27, 2011 that health care workers in Thailand are using vinegar and topical freezing to treat cervical cancer. A decade ago, HSPH Prof. Sue Goldie researched the cost-effectiveness of this and other inexpensive cervical cancer screening and treatment strategies and found that they could help save the lives of many women in low-income countries. Recently, Harvard Magazine reposted a 2002 story on Goldie’s research on its website. In it, she described her research, which found that in South Africa, low-cost alternatives to Pap smears could prevent up to one-third of the country’s cervical cancer cases.

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Dramatic Worldwide Drop in Cervical Cancer Possible through Use of Simple, Cost-Effective Methods (HSPH release)

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