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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)
Measure Your Blood Pressure (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) CDC Article Hypertension in Adults: Screening
SmokeFreeWomen CDC Resource List Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Persons: Interventions
Tips From Former Smokers CDC Resource List Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Persons: Interventions
Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guide Colorectal Cancer: Screening
Diabetes (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tool Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes: Screening
"How to Quit Smoking" Patient Resources Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resource List Lung Cancer: Screening
Prevent Type 2 Diabetes (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Tool Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes: Screening
Tips From Former Smokers Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resource List Lung Cancer: 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
Smoking Cessation: Fast Facts Centers for Disease Prevention and Control Guide Lung Cancer: Screening
Asesoramiento conductual para la prevención del cáncer de piel JAMA Guide Skin Cancer Prevention: Behavioral Counseling
Asesoramiento conductual para reducir las infecciones de transmisión sexual JAMA Guide Sexually Transmitted Infections: Behavioral Counseling
Asesoramiento psicológico para prevenir la depresión perinatal JAMA Guide Perinatal Depression: Preventive Interventions
Asesoramiento sobre dieta saludable y actividad física para prevenir enfermedades cardiovasculares JAMA Guide Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults With Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Behavioral Counseling Interventions
Asesoramiento sobre una vida saludable para prevenir la enfermedad cardiovascular en adultos sin factores de riesgo JAMA Guide Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults Without Known Risk Factors: Behavioral Counseling
Cribado de pérdida auditiva en adultos de edad avanzada JAMA Guide Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Screening
¿Debo hacerme pruebas para mutaciones de los genes BRCA ? JAMA Guide BRCA-Related Cancer: Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing
Detección de clamidia y gonorrea JAMA Guide Chlamydia and Gonorrhea: Screening
Detección de deterioro cognitivo en adultos mayores JAMA Guide Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Screening
Detección de enfermedad arterial periférica con índice de tobillo-brazo JAMA Guide Peripheral Artery Disease and Cardiovascular Disease: Screening and Risk Assessment With the Ankle-Brachial Index
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