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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 Skin Cancer JAMA Guide Skin Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Syphilis JAMA Guide Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adults and Adolescents: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Syphilis in Pregnant Women JAMA Guide Syphilis Infection in Pregnant Women: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Unhealthy Drug Use in Adults and Adolescents JAMA Guide Unhealthy Drug Use: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Should I Be Tested for BRCA Mutations? JAMA Guide BRCA-Related Cancer: Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing
JAMA Patient Page: Vision Screening in Children JAMA Guide Vision in Children Ages 6 Months to 5 Years: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Vitamin D and Calcium Supplements for Preventing Fractures JAMA Guide Vitamin D, Calcium, or Combined Supplementation for the Primary Prevention of Fractures in Community-Dwelling Adults: Preventive Medication
JAMA Patient Page: Who Should Be Screened for HIV Infection? JAMA Guide Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: 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
Medications to Reduce Risk for Primary Breast Cancer in Women: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Breast Cancer: Medications for Risk Reduction
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
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
Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Screening
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