DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) – The FDA has approved the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for men and women ages 27-45.

A study by the FDA found the Gardasil 9 vaccination is 90 percent effective in preventing HPV, causing them to expand their age recommendation.

“This is really important,” said Dr. Richard Deming, medical director at Mercy Cancer Center in Des Moines. “Most people don’t realize that about 50 percent of cancers in the United States are preventable.”

Previously the vaccine was only available up until age 26.

Not all nine strains of HPV cause cancer, but Deming said getting the vaccine is a sure way to protect yourself.

Deming said preventing cervical cancer by getting the vaccine is more cost-effective than screening women to find cancer.

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