People of all ages  should know we have a cancer prevention tool through the HPV vaccine recommended for males and females age 9 and can be given to people up into their 60s.

The HPV vaccine is the only way to protect yourself from getting this virus that leads to genital warts and cancers of the head and neck, tongue, throat, anus, cervix, vulva, vagina and penis.

The benefits of the vaccination are protection from getting  HPVs that a person has not already come into contact with, and if a person does have a strain of this virus, it will slow down and limit the damage being done in a person’s body.