Institute for Rural Health Studies

Fighting Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer kills more women in Indian than any other disease. Three quarters of the world's burden of cervical cancer falls on developing countries such as India. Late presentation of women with cervical cancer is predominantly due to both inadequate knowledge and lack of effective screening, especially in rural areas.

IRHS has an innovative inexpensive screening method that can be used effectively in rural areas. We offer free screening in village clinics and in our own out patient department of the district hospital. If a suspected pre-cancerous lesion is found it is sampled and sent to a pathologist to be read, and, if proved positive, treated using cryotheraphy (freezing).

The duties of our cervical cancer nurses and ANM's include:

  • Screening rural women for cervical cancer by VIA and VILI, as part of a cervical cancer screening program;
  • Diagnosing and treating routine gynaecological problems;

For more information please read:

Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA) Sreening Program (2015), Indian Journal of Community Medicine.

Cervical Cancer Prevention in Rural Mahbubnager

Or read the Hindu's article, Call to implement inexpensive cervical cancer screening method (14/07/15)


IRHS has screened more than 50,000 rural women and saved the lives of more than 3% of those screened in this high risk area



IRHS runs the state’s only cervical cancer control program