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Doctors in Thailand and other third world countries are using a new, low-budget method to prevent cervical cancer. By highlighting precancerous spots on a woman’s cervix with a brush of vinegar and then freezing off the spots with a cooled metal probe, doctors are able to circumvent the lab work and waiting period a traditional Pap smear entails. Once the top cancerous killer of American women, 85 percent of cervical cancer’s victims now reside in developing and middle-income countries. The World Health Organization is promoting the freezing method, which is 90 percent effective, in hopes of diminishing the reach of cervical cancer in the third world.