Indian Scientists develop cheaper method to detect cervical cancer

A new cheaper diagnostic device and a simple test developed by Indian scientists could provide a helping hand in the mass screening and early detection of cervical cancer, the most common type of the disease in the country.

New Delhi, Jan 13: A new cheaper diagnostic device and a simple test developed by Indian scientists could provide a helping hand in the mass screening and early detection of cervical cancer, the most common type of the disease in the country.
"We have developed cancerous lesion visualising device called Magnivisualiser, which is a supportive tool for visual inspection of cervix with acetic acid. It is a low-cost device, which could be used even if there was no electricity," said Bhudev Das, Director of the Institute of Cytology and Preventive Oncology (ICPO) in Uttar Pradesh's Noida.

Another method they have discovered is a new Paper Smear test to detect cervix or uterine cancer. "It is the simplest, easiest and cost-effective method involving the use of filter paper strips, instead of the existing method that is costly," he told PTI.

"These techniques would help us in detecting 70 per cent of the cases in the early stages," he said.

"For a developing country like ours we need low-cost diagnostic devices and methods to detect cervical cancer at an early stage before it becomes life threatening," he said.

The existing device, Colposcope, which is about Rs 20 lakh, was being used in all facilities. "The Magnivisualiser cost only Rs 4,000," he said.

Every year about 1.30 lakh new cases of cervical cancer are detected, while 70-80,000 women die of this disease every year in the country, Das said.

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