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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is an independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention who systematically reviews the evidence of effectiveness and develops recommendations for clinical preventive services. These reviews are published as U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations on the Task Force Web site and/or in a peer-reviewed journal.
Below are recommendations from the USPSTF regarding screening exams. Search the form below to see the price of screening exams near you.
|Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening: men||The USPSTF recommends one-time screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm by ultrasonography in men ages 65 to 75 years who have ever smoked.|
|Breast cancer screening||The USPSTF recommends screening mammography for women, with or without clinical breast examination, every 1 to 2 years for women age 40 years and older.|
|Cervical cancer screening||The USPSTF recommends screening for cervical cancer in women ages 21 to 65 years with cytology (Pap smear) every 3 years or, for women ages 30 to 65 years who want to lengthen the screening interval, screening with a combination of cytology and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing every 5 years.|
|Chlamydia screening: women||The USPSTF recommends screening for chlamydia in sexually active women age 24 years or younger and in older women who are at increased risk for infection.|
|Colorectal cancer screening||TThe USPSTF recommends screening for colorectal cancer starting at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years.|
|Diabetes screening||The USPSTF recommends screening for abnormal blood glucose as part of cardiovascular risk assessment in adults aged 40 to 70 years who are overweight or obese. Clinicians should offer or refer patients with abnormal blood glucose to intensive behavioral counseling interventions to promote a healthful diet and physical activity.|
|Gestational diabetes mellitus screening||The USPSTF recommends screening for gestational diabetes mellitus in asymptomatic pregnant women after 24 weeks of gestation.|
|Gonorrhea screening: women||The USPSTF recommends screening for gonorrhea in sexually active women age 24 years or younger and in older women who are at increased risk for infection.|
|Hepatitis B screening: nonpregnant adolescents and adults||The USPSTF recommends screening for hepatitis B virus infection in persons at high risk for infection.|
|Hepatitis B screening: pregnant women||The USPSTF strongly recommends screening for hepatitis B virus infection in pregnant women at their first prenatal visit.|
|Hepatitis C virus infection screening: adults||The USPSTF recommends screening for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in persons at high risk for infection. The USPSTF also recommends offering one-time screening for HCV infection to adults born between 1945 and 1965.|
|HIV screening: nonpregnant adolescents and adults||The USPSTF recommends that clinicians screen for HIV infection in adolescents and adults ages 15 to 65 years. Younger adolescents and older adults who are at increased risk should also be screened.|
|Lung cancer screening||The USPSTF recommends annual screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography in adults ages 55 to 80 years who have a 30 pack-year smoking history and currently smoke or have quit within the past 15 years. Screening should be discontinued once a person has not smoked for 15 years or develops a health problem that substantially limits life expectancy or the ability or willingness to have curative lung surgery.|
|Osteoporosis screening: women||The USPSTF recommends screening for osteoporosis in women age 65 years and older and in younger women whose fracture risk is equal to or greater than that of a 65-year-old white woman who has no additional risk factors.|
|Tobacco use counseling and interventions: nonpregnant adults||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.|
|Syphilis screening: nonpregnant persons||The USPSTF recommends screening for syphilis infection in persons who are at increased risk for infection.|