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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)
Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Skin Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Skin Cancer: Counseling, 2012
Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Sexually Transmitted Infections: Behavioral Counseling
Background Information U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article Breast Cancer: Screening
Autism Spectrum Disorder (MedlinePlus) National Library of Medicine Resource List Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening
Autism Spectrum Disorder (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Resource List Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening
Autism (healthfinder.gov) Healthfinder.gov Resource List Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening
Aspirin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Colorectal Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Aspirin Use to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Colorectal Cancer: Preventive Medication
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