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Getting the best health care means making smart decisions about preventive services. Preventive services, such as screening tests, counseling services, and preventive medicines, are tests or treatments that your doctor or others provide to prevent illnesses before they cause you symptoms or problems. To help doctors and patients decide together whether a preventive service is right for a person’s needs, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force develops recommendations based on a review of high-quality scientific evidence, and publishes its recommendations on its Web site and/or in a peer-reviewed journal.

The goal of these recommendations is not only to offer guidance to doctors, nurses and other primary care professionals, but to provide patients and their families with the most accurate and up-to-date information on ways to prevent illness and improve health and well-being.

On this page you will find easy-to-understand information on the Task Force and on health topics for which the Task Force has released a recommendation. These materials include guides, fact sheets, slideshows, and videos available for view and download. You can sort the table by document title, type of material, or recommendation title, or simply browse using the search function. These materials are designed to inform people about Task Force recommendations and are not intended to replace advice from a health professional.

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Vitaminas y minerales para prevenir enfermedades cardiovasculares y cáncer JAMA Guide Vitamin, Mineral, and Multivitamin Supplementation to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer: Preventive Medication
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Issues Final Recommendations on Screening for Breast Cancer (News Bulletin) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article Breast Cancer: Screening
Uso de aspirina durante el embarazo prevenir la preeclampsia JAMA Guide Aspirin Use to Prevent Preeclampsia and Related Morbidity and Mortality: Preventive Medication
Trastornos lipídicos: Detección y tratamiento JAMA Guide Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: Preventive Medication
Tips From Former Smokers Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resource List Lung Cancer: Screening
Tips From Former Smokers CDC Resource List Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Persons: Interventions
Terapia hormonal para prevención primaria de afecciones crónicas en mujeres posmenopáusicas JAMA Guide Hormone Therapy in Postmenopausal Women: Primary Prevention of Chronic Conditions
Suplementos de vitamina D y calcio para prevenir fracturas JAMA Guide Vitamin D, Calcium, or Combined Supplementation for the Primary Prevention of Fractures in Community-Dwelling Adults: Preventive Medication
Smoking Cessation: Fast Facts Centers for Disease Prevention and Control Guide Lung Cancer: Screening
SmokeFreeWomen CDC Resource List Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Persons: Interventions
Screening for Thyroid Dysfunction: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Thyroid Dysfunction: Screening
Screening for Suicide Risk in Adolescents, Adults, and Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Suicide Risk in Adolescents, Adults and Older Adults: Screening
Screening for Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Children (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Children: Screening
Screening for Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Children: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Children Age 5 and Younger: Screening
Screening for Primary Hypertension in Children and Adolescents: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents (Hypertension): Screening
Screening for Oral Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Oral Cancer: Screening
Screening for Iron Deficiency Anemia in Young Children: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Iron Deficiency Anemia in Young Children: Screening
Screening for Iron Deficiency Anemia and Iron Supplementation in Pregnant Women: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Iron Deficiency Anemia in Pregnant Women: Screening and Supplementation
Screening for Breast Cancer: Get the Facts U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article Breast Cancer: Screening
Screening for Breast Cancer Final Recommendations: Frequently Asked Questions U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article Breast Cancer: Screening
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