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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)
Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing for BRCA-Related Cancer in Women: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide BRCA-Related Cancer: Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing
Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Celiac Disease JAMA Guide Celiac Disease: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Hearing Loss in Older Adults JAMA Guide Hearing Loss in Older Adults: Screening
Behavioral Interventions to Reduce Illicit Drug and Nonmedical Pharmaceutical Use in Children and Adolescents: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Drug Use, Illicit: Primary Care Interventions for Children and Adolescents
Screening for Cervical Cancer: Consumer Guide (Draft Recommendation) U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Cervical Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Prevention of Falls in Older Adults JAMA Guide Falls Prevention in Community-Dwelling Older Adults: Interventions
Vitamin, Mineral, and Multivitamin Supplementation to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Vitamin, Mineral, and Multivitamin Supplementation to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer
JAMA Patient Page: Interventions to Support Breastfeeding JAMA Guide Breastfeeding: Primary Care Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Preventing Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents JAMA Guide Tobacco Use in Children and Adolescents: Primary Care Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Interventions to Promote Tobacco Cessation JAMA Guide Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Persons: Interventions
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Lung Cancer JAMA Guide Lung Cancer: Screening
Lung Cancer Screening (PDQ)--Patient Version National Cancer Institute Guide Lung Cancer: Screening
Is Prostate Cancer Screening Right for You? U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Prostate Cancer: Screening
Screening for Lung Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Lung Cancer: Screening
JAMA Patient Page: Screening for Unhealthy Drug Use in Adults and Adolescents JAMA Guide Unhealthy Drug Use: Screening
Screening for Carotid Artery Stenosis: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Carotid Artery Stenosis: Screening
Screening for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Chlamydia and Gonorrhea: 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
Screening for Depression in Children and Adolescents: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Depression in Children and Adolescents: Screening
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