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Preventive Services Recommended by the USPSTF
The services listed below have received an "A" or a "B" (recommended) grade from the Task Force.
Last accessed Sept. 30, 2010
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Recommendation Adults Special Populations
Men Women Pregnant Women Children
Abdominal aortic aneurysm, screening – one-time screening by ultrasonography in men age 65-75 who have ever smoked. x      
Alcohol misuse screening and behavioral counseling interventions x x x  
Aspirin for prevention of cardiovascular disease – when the potential harm of an increase in gastrointestinal hemorrhage is outweighed by a potential benefit of a reduction in myocardial infarctions (men 45-79) or in ischemic strokes (women 55-79). x x    
Asymptomatic bacteriuria in adults, screening – pregnant women at 12-16 weeks gestation or at first prenatal visit, if later.     x  
Breast cancer, screening – biennial screening mammography for women aged 50-74 years. See Summary of 2002 Recommendations for information about the Affordable Health Care Act.   x    
Breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility, genetic risk assessment and BRCA mutation testing – refer women whose family history is associated with an increased risk for deleterious mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes for genetic counseling and evaluation for BRCA testing.   x    
Breastfeeding, primary care interventions to promote – interventions during pregnancy and after birth to promote and support breastfeeding.   x x  
Cervical cancer, screening – women aged 21-65 who have been sexually active and have a cervix.   x    
Chlamydial infection, screening – sexually active women 24 and younger and other asymptomatic women at increased risk for infection. Asymptomatic pregnant women 24 and younger and others at increased risk.   x x  
Colorectal cancer, screening – adults aged 50-75 using fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy. x x    
Congenital hypothyroidism, screening – newborns.       x
Depression (Adults), screening – When staff-assisted depression care supports are in place to assure accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and follow-up. x x    
Folic Acid Supplementation - all women planning or capable of prenancy take a daily supplement containing 0.4 to 0.8 mg of folic acid.   x    
Gonorrhea, screening – sexually active women, including pregnant women 25 and younger, or at increased risk for infection.   x    
Gonorrhea, prophylactic medication – prophylactic ocular topical medication for all newborns against gonococcal ophthalmia neonatorum.       x
Hearing loss in newborns, screening.       x
Hepatitis B virus infection, screening – pregnant women at first prenatal visit.     x  
High blood pressure, screening. x x    
HIV, screening – all adolescents and adults at increased risk for HIV infection and all pregnant women. x x x x
Iron deficiency anemia, prevention – routine iron supplementation for asymptomatic children aged 6-12 months who are at increased risk for iron deficiency anemia.       x
Iron deficiency anemia, screening – routine screening in asymptomatic pregnant women.     x  
Lipid disorders in adults, screening – men aged 20-35 and women over age 20 who are at increased risk for coronary heart disease; all men aged 35 and older. x x    
Major depressive disorder in children and adolescents, screening – adolescents (age 12-18) when systems are in place to ensure accurate diagnosis, psychotherapy, and follow-up.       x
Obesity in adults, screening – intensive counseling and behavioral interventions to promote sustained weight loss for obese adults. x x    
Obesity in children and adolescents, screening - screen children aged 6 years and older for obesity and offer them or refer them to comprehensive, intensive behavioral interventions to promote improvement in weight status.       x
Osteoporosis, screening – women 65 and older and women 60 and older at increased risk for osteoporotic fractures.   x    
Phenylketonuria, screening – newborns.       x
Rh(D) incompatibility, screening – blood typing and antibody testing at first pregnancy-related visit. Repeated antibody testing for unsensitized Rh(D)-negative women at 24-28 weeks gestation unless biological father is known to be Rh(D) negative.     x  
Sexually transmitted infections, counseling – all sexually active adolescents and adults at increased risk for STIs. x x   x
Sickle cell disease, screening – newborns.       x
Syphilis infection, screening – persons at increased risk and all pregnant women. x x x  
Tobacco use and tobacco-caused disease, counseling and interventions – ask all adults about tobacco use and provide tobacco cessation interventions for those who use tobacco; provice augmented, pregnancy-tailored counseling for those pregnant women who smoke. x x x  
Type 2 diabetes mellitus in adults, screening – asymptomatic adults with sustained blood pressure greater than 135/80 mg Hg. x x    
Visual impairment in children younger than age 5 years, screening – to detect amblyopia, strabismus, and defects in visual acuity.       x


Last Updated: September 27, 2010