The human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause very unpleasant and even fatal diseases, which is why physicians have recommended pre-teens get the vaccine.
The HPV vaccine - Gardasil 9 - can help prevent certain types of cancers and other illnesses diagnosed later in life. So, the FDA's approval of Gardasil 9 for adults 25-45 is a milestone considering it has the promise to significantly reduce some cancer cases later in life.
Each year, nearly 14 million Americans contract HPV, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Also, 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and about 4,000 women die from cervical cancer related to HPV.
The numbers are just as glaring for HPV-related throat cancers.