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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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Title Source Type Relevant Recommendation(s)
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Hepatitis B in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults JAMA Tool Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Hepatitis C Virus Infection JAMA Tool Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Adolescents and Adults: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents JAMA Tool High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Hypertension in Adults JAMA Tool Hypertension in Adults: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Lung Cancer JAMA Tool Lung Cancer: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes JAMA Tool Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes: Screening
JAMA Podcast: Screening for Unhealthy Drug Use in Adults and Adolescents JAMA Tool Unhealthy Drug Use: Screening
Low-Dose Aspirin to Prevent Morbidity and Mortality From Preeclampsia: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Low-Dose Aspirin Use for the Prevention of Morbidity and Mortality From Preeclampsia: Preventive Medication
Lung Cancer Screening (PDQ)--Patient Version National Cancer Institute Guide Lung Cancer: Screening
Medications to Reduce Risk for Primary Breast Cancer in Women: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Breast Cancer: Medication Use to Reduce Risk
Menopausal Hormone Therapy to Prevent Chronic Conditions: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Preventive Medication
News Bulletin U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article Breast Cancer: Screening
Preventing Dental Caries in Children Ages 0 to 5 Years: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Dental Caries in Children from Birth Through Age 5 Years: Screening
Preventing Falls in Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Falls Prevention in Older Adults: Counseling and Preventive Medication
Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: CDC Website Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tool Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes: Screening
Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Child Maltreatment: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Child Maltreatment: Primary Care Interventions
Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents: Primary Care Interventions
Prostate Cancer Screening Recommendation: Frequently Asked Questions U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Prostate Cancer: Screening
Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing for BRCA-Related Cancer in Women: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide BRCA-Related Cancer: Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing
Screening and Behavioral Counseling to Reduce Alcohol Misuse: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Alcohol Misuse: Screening and Behavioral Counseling Interventions in Primary Care
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