Cervical Cancer Prevention & Treatment

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women worldwide, with 500,000 new cases and 250,000 deaths reported each year—most of which occur in developing countries. The single visit approach (SVA) is a unique safe, acceptable and effective approach to cervical cancer prevention for limited-resource settings. The SVA consists of visual inspection using vinegar or dilute acetic acid (VIA) to detect precancerous lesions on the cervix, followed by the offer for treatment using a freezing technique (cryotherapy), in the same visit—for a fraction of the cost of Pap testing. Materials here contain up-to-date, evidence-based guidance on a comprehensive approach to preventing and treating cervical cancer.