CRCHD grantee Marcia Cruz-Correa, M.D., Ph.D., bolstered by her team of researchers from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), have discovered a link between human papillomavirus (HPV) and colorectal cancer (CRC) in tissue samples from a large cohort of CRC patients. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. It has been linked to cervical and anal cancers, but may be prevented by a vaccine. CRC is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the underserved in the United States.
Cruz-Correa is also lead primary investigator on a CRCHD Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE) grant between UPR Medical School and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Texas.