Scientists develop chemical peel to tackle cervical cancer

Scientists in Vienna, Austria, have developed a new chemical peel-style treatment that has proved effective in removing pre-cancerous cells from the cervix.

The treatment consists of 85 per cent trichloroacetic acid, which is a substance traditionally used during cosmetic chemical skin peels to rejuvenate the skin.

This solution was applied to women found to have the human papilloma virus (HPV), which can be an early sign of cervical cancer.

After just one application of the chemical peel-style treatment, 82 per cent of participants were found to be completely free of any signs of HPV or cervical cancer, meaning this could be an option for treating pre-cancerous cells in the future, if deemed safe for widespread use.

Paul Speiser, lead author of the study from the department of gynaecology at MedUni Vienna and the Vienna General Hospital, commented: "The results are extremely promising, since the procedure can be performed very easily by experts in the field of HPV-induced mutations of the cervix."ADNFCR-2094-ID-801815932-ADNFCR