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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 Patient Page: Screening for Pancreatic Cancer JAMA Guide Pancreatic Cancer: Screening
Screening for Ovarian Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article Ovarian Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Ovarian Cancer JAMA Guide Ovarian Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures JAMA Guide Osteoporosis to Prevent Fractures: Screening
Screening for Oral Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Oral Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Prevention of Gonococcal Eye Infection in Newborns JAMA Guide Ocular Prophylaxis for Gonococcal Ophthalmia Neonatorum: Preventive Medication
Screening for and Management of Obesity in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Obesity in Adults: Screening and Management
Menopausal Hormone Therapy to Prevent Chronic Conditions: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Preventive Medication
Smoking Cessation: Fast Facts Centers for Disease Prevention and Control Guide Lung Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Lung Cancer JAMA Guide Lung Cancer: Screening
Lung Cancer Screening (PDQ)--Patient Version National Cancer Institute Guide Lung Cancer: Screening
Screening for Lung Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Lung Cancer: Screening
Tips From Former Smokers Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resource List Lung Cancer: Screening
"How to Quit" Patient Resources Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resource List Lung Cancer: 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
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Lipid Disorders in Children and Adolescents JAMA Guide Lipid Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Latent Tuberculosis Infection JAMA Guide Latent Tuberculosis Infection: 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
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Intimate Partner Violence, Elder Abuse, and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults JAMA Guide Intimate Partner Violence, Elder Abuse, and Abuse of Vulnerable Adults: Screening
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