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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)
Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture Guide Healthy Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults Without Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors: Behavioral Counseling Interventions
Background Information U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article Breast Cancer: Screening
Behavioral and Pharmacotherapy Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Women: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Women: Behavioral and Pharmacotherapy Interventions
Behavioral Counseling to Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Sexually Transmitted Infections: Behavioral Counseling
Behavioral Counseling to Promote a Healthful Diet and Physical Activity in Adults With Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Healthful Diet and Physical Activity for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Adults With Cardiovascular Risk Factors: Behavioral Counseling
Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Breast Cancer: Screening
Frequently Asked Questions U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article Breast Cancer: Screening
Get the Facts U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Article Breast Cancer: Screening
Is Prostate Cancer Screening Right for You? U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Prostate Cancer: 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
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
Primary Care Interventions to Prevent Child Maltreatment: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Child Maltreatment: Primary Care Interventions
Prostate Cancer Screening Recommendation: Frequently Asked Questions U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Prostate Cancer: Screening
Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Screening
Screening for Abnormal Blood Glucose and Type 2 Diabetes: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Abnormal Blood Glucose and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: Screening
Screening for Anxiety, Depression, and Suicide Risk in Adults (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Screening for Anxiety in Adults
Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: Screening
Screening for Carotid Artery Stenosis: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Carotid Artery Stenosis: Screening
Screening for Cervical Cancer: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Cervical Cancer: Screening
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