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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)
Prevención de caídas en adultos mayores JAMA Guide Falls Prevention in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Interventions
Prevención de la infección ocular gonocócica en recién nacidos JAMA Guide Ocular Prophylaxis for Gonococcal Ophthalmia Neonatorum: Preventive Medication
Prevención del consumo de tabaco en niños y adolescentes JAMA Guide Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents: Primary Care Interventions
Prueba de detección de cáncer de cuello uterino JAMA Guide Cervical Cancer: Screening
Prueba de detección de escoliosis en adolescentes JAMA Guide Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Screening
Prueba de detección de hepatitis B en embarazadas JAMA Guide Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Pregnant Women: Screening
Prueba de detección de la enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica JAMA Guide Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Screening
Pruebas de detección del cáncer de ovarios JAMA Guide Ovarian Cancer: Screening
Pruebas de detección del cáncer de piel JAMA Guide Skin Cancer: Screening
¿Puede prevenirse con medicamentos la infección por VIH? JAMA Guide Prevention of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Preexposure Prophylaxis
¿Quiénes deben someterse a una prueba de detección de infección por VIH? JAMA Guide Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Screening
Suplementos de vitamina D y calcio para prevenir fracturas JAMA Guide Vitamin D, Calcium, or Combined Supplementation for the Primary Prevention of Fractures in Community-Dwelling Adults: Preventive Medication
Terapia hormonal para prevención primaria de afecciones crónicas en mujeres posmenopáusicas JAMA Guide Hormone Therapy in Postmenopausal Women: Primary Prevention of Chronic Conditions
Trastornos lipídicos: Detección y tratamiento JAMA Guide Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: Preventive Medication
Uso de aspirina durante el embarazo prevenir la preeclampsia JAMA Guide Aspirin Use to Prevent Preeclampsia and Related Morbidity and Mortality: Preventive Medication
Vitaminas y minerales para prevenir enfermedades cardiovasculares y cáncer JAMA Guide Vitamin, Mineral, and Multivitamin Supplementation to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer: Preventive Medication
Breast Cancer: Information for Patients National Cancer Institute Guide Breast Cancer: Screening
Colorectal Cancer Screening (PDQ)--Patient Version National Cancer Institute Guide Colorectal Cancer: Screening
Lung Cancer Screening (PDQ)--Patient Version National Cancer Institute Guide Lung Cancer: Screening
Learn More Breathe Better: COPD (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Guide Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Screening
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