2018 Report to Congress

November 15, 2018 –  The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF or Task Force) has released its “Eighth Annual Report to Congress on High-Priority Evidence Gaps for Clinical Preventive Services.”

In this annual report, the USPSTF highlights seven recent topics related to cancer prevention and cardiovascular health, the leading causes of death among adults in the United States, for which more research is needed. The report also calls for more research in populations who are disproportionally affected by these conditions, yet often underrepresented in studies.

Topics highlighted in the report include:

Cancer Prevention

  • Screening for Cervical Cancer, Especially Among Diverse Populations
  • Screening for Prostate Cancer, Especially Among African American Men and Men With a Family History
  • Screening and Behavioral Counseling for Skin Cancer

Cardiovascular Health

  • Screening for Atrial Fibrillation With Electrocardiography
  • Screening for Cardiovascular Disease Risk With Electrocardiography
  • Risk Assessment for Cardiovascular Disease With Nontraditional Risk Factors
  • Screening for Peripheral Artery Disease and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment With the Ankle-Brachial Index

Future research in these areas can help fill these gaps and could result in important new recommendations that will help to improve the health of Americans.

Please click here to read the complete USPSTF report.