Visual Inspection of the Cervix as a Primary Means of Cervical Cancer Screening: Results of a Pilot Study

Sponsor: US National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Protocol Summary: The objective was to measure the effectiveness of unaided visual inspection (UVI) of the cervix as a primary means of cervical cancer screening. 1000 women attending primary health care clinics were screened for cervical cancer. An unlubricated bivalve speculum was inserted into the vagina under good light to visualize the cervix and a cervical cytology specimen was obtained, followed by a visual inspection of the cervix stained with 4% acetic acid. All women found to have abnormal cervices by visual inspection or by cervical cytology report were scheduled for a colposcopy examination at Harare Central Hospital.

Years: 1994 – 1997

Investigator: Z.M. Chirenje, MD, FRCOG

Location: Spilhaus CRS

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