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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)
Vitamin, Mineral, and Multivitamin Supplements to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Vitamin Supplementation to Prevent Cancer and CVD: Preventive Medication
Vitamin D and Calcium to Prevent Fractures in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Vitamin D and Calcium to Prevent Fractures: 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
Screening for Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Vitamin D Deficiency: Screening
Screening for Thyroid Dysfunction: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Thyroid Dysfunction: Screening
Screening for Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adults and Adolescents: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adults and Adolescents: 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 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Children Age 5 and Younger: Screening
Screening for Skin Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Skin Cancer: Screening
Screening for Prostate Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Prostate Cancer: 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 Peripheral Artery Disease: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and CVD in Adults: Risk Assessment with Ankle Brachial Index
Screening for Ovarian Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article Ovarian Cancer: Screening
Screening for Oral Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Oral Cancer: Screening
Screening for Lung Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Lung Cancer: Screening
Screening for Lung Cancer (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Lung 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 Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Intimate Partner Violence and Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults: Screening
Screening for Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults: Screening
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