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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)
Screening for Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes in Children and Adolescents (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes in Children and Adolescents: Screening
Screening for Primary Hypertension in Children and Adolescents: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents (Hypertension): Screening
Screening for Prostate Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Prostate Cancer: Screening
Screening for Skin Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Skin Cancer: Screening
Screening for Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Children: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Children Age 5 and Younger: Screening
Screening for Suicide Risk in Adolescents, Adults, and Older Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Suicide Risk in Adolescents, Adults and Older Adults: Screening
Screening for Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force' Guide Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adolescents and Adults: Screening
Screening for Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adults and Adolescents: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adults and Adolescents: Screening
Screening for Thyroid Dysfunction: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Thyroid Dysfunction: Screening
Screening for Vitamin D Deficiency in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Vitamin D Deficiency: Screening
Serologic Screening for Genital Herpes (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Serologic Screening for Genital Herpes
Smoking Cessation: Fast Facts Centers for Disease Prevention and Control Guide Lung Cancer: Screening
Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults (Consumer Guide): Draft Recommendation U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: Preventive Medication
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
Vitamin D and Calcium to Prevent Fractures in Adults: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Vitamin D and Calcium to Prevent Fractures: Preventive Medication
Vitamin, Mineral, and Multivitamin Supplements to Prevent Cardiovascular Disease and Cancer: Consumer Guide U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Guide Vitamin Supplementation to Prevent Cancer and CVD: Preventive Medication
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
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