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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

These are summaries of guidelines issued by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Feb 15, 2017 Issue
Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Recommendation Statement
The USPSTF recommends screening for colorectal cancer starting at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years.


Jan 15, 2017 Issue
Statin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Adults: Recommendation Statement
The USPSTF recommends that adults without a history of cardiovascular disease (CVD) (i.e., symptomatic coronary artery disease or ischemic stroke) use a low- to moderate-dose statin for the prevention of CVD events and mortality when all of the following criteria are met: (1) they are aged 40 to 75 years; (2) they have 1 or more CVD risk factors (i.e., dyslipidemia, diabetes, hypertension, or smoking); and (3) they have a calculated 10-year risk of a cardiovascular event of 10% or greater.


Dec 15, 2016 Issue
Screening for Lipid Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Recommendation Statement
The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for lipid disorders in children and adolescents 20 years or younger.


Nov 15, 2016 Issue
Screening for Syphilis Infection in Nonpregnant Adults and Adolescents: Recommendation Statement
The USPSTF recommends screening for syphilis infection in persons who are at increased risk for infection.


Oct 15, 2016 Issue
Aspirin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Colorectal Cancer: Recommendation Statement
The USPSTF recommends initiating low-dose aspirin use for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and colorectal cancer (CRC) in adults aged 50 to 59 years who have a 10% or greater 10-year CVD risk, are not at increased risk for bleeding, have a life expectancy of at least 10 years, and are willing to take low-dose aspirin daily for at least 10 years.


Sep 15, 2016 Issue
Screening for Skin Cancer: Recommendation Statement
The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of visual skin examination by a clinician to screen for skin cancer in adults.


Aug 15, 2016 Issue
Screening for Depression in Adults: Recommendation Statement
The USPSTF recommends screening for depression in the general adult population, including pregnant and postpartum women. Screening should be implemented with adequate systems in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and appropriate follow-up.


Jul 15, 2016 Issue
Screening for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Recommendation Statement
The USPSTF recommends against screening for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in asymptomatic adults.


Jun 15, 2016 Issue
Screening for Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults: Recommendation Statement
The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for impaired visual acuity in older adults.


May 15, 2016 Issue
Behavioral and Pharmacotherapy Interventions for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Women: Recommendation Statement
The USPSTF recommends that clinicians ask all adults about tobacco use, advise them to stop using tobacco, and provide behavioral interventions and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)–approved pharmacotherapy for cessation to adults who use tobacco.


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