Health Screening Recommendations

AHRQ, USPSTF, CDC, Mayo Clinic,

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality manages a clearinghouse of guidelines for prevention and treatment of diseases.  There are presently 2529 guideline summaries in the clearinghouse.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF)

The USPSTF was convened to rigorously evaluate clinical research in order to assess the merits of preventive measures, including screening tests, counseling, immunizations, and preventive medications. The topics below include all recommendations: active, inactive, and in progress:

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm: Screening (2005)
Additional Risk Factors for Intermediate CHD Risk: Screening (2009)
Alcohol Misuse (Drinking, Risky/Hazardous): Screening and Counseling (2004)
Alzheimer's Disease (Dementia): Screening (2003)
Anemia (Iron Deficiency Anemia): Screening (2006)
Aspirin/NSAIDs for Prevention of Colorectal Cancer Preventive Medication (2007)
Aspirin for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease: Preventive Medication (2009)
Aspirin Prophylaxis in Pregnancy: Preventive Medication (1996)
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Back Pain, Low (Low Back Pain): Counseling (2004)
Bacterial Vaginosis in Pregnancy: Screening (2008)
Bacteriuria: Screening (2008)
Bladder Cancer: Screening (2004)
Blood Pressure in Adults (Hypertension): Screening (2007)
Breast Cancer, BRCA Testing (Ovarian Cancer): Screening (2005)
Breast Cancer: Screening (2009)
Breast Cancer Preventive Medication (2002)
Breastfeeding: Counseling (2008)
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Carotid Artery Stenosis: Screening (2007)
Cervical Cancer (Pap Smear): Screening (2003)
Chlamydial Infection: Screening (2007)
Cholesterol Abnormalities in Adults (Dyslipidemia, Lipid Disorders): Screening (2008)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Screening (2008)
Colorectal Cancer: Screening (2008)
Coronary Heart Disease (Heart Disease): Screening (2004)
Coronary Heart Disease (Risk Assessment, Nontraditional Risk Factors) Screening (2009)
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Dementia (Alzheimer's Disease): Screening (2003)
Dental and Periodontal Disease: Counseling (Inactive)
Dental Caries in Preschool Children: Screening (2004)
Depression in Adults: Screening (2009)
Depression in Children and Adolescents: Screening (2009)
Diabetes Mellitus: Screening (2008)
Diet (Nutrition): Counseling (2003)
Down Syndrome: Screening (1996)
Drinking, Risky/Hazardous (Alcohol Misuse): Screening and Counseling (2004)
Drug Use, Illicit: Screening (2008)
Dyslipidemia in Adults (Cholesterol Abnormalities, Lipid Disorders): Screening (2008)
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Exercise (Physical Activity): Counseling (2002)
Falls in Older Adults (Interventions to Prevent): Counseling (2010)
Family Violence: Screening (2004)
Folic Acid Supplementation: Preventive Medication (2009)
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Gestational Diabetes: Screening (2008)
Glaucoma: Screening (2005)
Gonorrhea: Screening (2005)
Gynecologic Cancers: Counseling (Inactive)
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Hearing Loss, Older Adults: Screening (2011)
Hearing Loss, Newborn: Screening (2008)
Heart Disease (Coronary Heart Disease): Screening (2004)
Heart Disease (Coronary Heart Disease: Risk Assessment, Nontraditional Risk Factors) Screening (2009)
Hemochromatosis: Screening (2006)
Hemoglobinopathies: Screening (2007)
Hepatitis B Virus Infection: Screening (2004)
Hepatitis B Virus Infection (Pregnant Women): Screening (2009)
Hepatitis C Virus Infection: Screening (2004)
Herpes Simplex, Genital: Screening (2005)
Hip, Developmental Dysplasia: Screening (2006)
Home Uterine Activity Monitoring: Screening (Inactive)
Hormone Replacement Therapy: Preventive Medication (2005)
Household and Recreational Injuries: Counseling (Inactive)
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection: Screening (2005)
Hyperbilirubinemia in Infants: Screening (2009)
Hypertension in Adults (Blood Pressure): Screening (2007)
Hypothyroidism, Congenital: Screening (2008)
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Idiopathic Scoliosis in Adolescents (Scoliosis): Screening (2004)
Illicit Drug Use: Screening (2008)
Immunizations, Adult
Immunizations, Child
Impaired Visual Acuity in Older Adults: Screening (2009)
Intrapartum Electronic Fetal Monitoring: Screening (Inactive)
Iron Deficiency Anemia (Anemia): Screening (2006)
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Lead Levels in Childhood and Pregnancy: Screening (2006)
Lipid Disorders in Adults (Cholesterol Abnormalities, Dyslipidemia): Screening (2008)
Lipid Disorders in Children Screening (2007)
Low Back Pain (Back Pain, Low): Counseling (2004)
Lung Cancer: Screening (2004)
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Motor Vehicle Occupant Restraints: Counseling (2007)
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Neural Tube Defects: Screening (Inactive)
Nutrition (Diet): Counseling (2003)
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Obesity in Adults: Screening and Counseling (2003)
Obesity in Children and Adolescents: Screening (2010)
Oral Cancer: Screening (2004)
Osteoporosis: Screening (2011)
Ovarian Cancer: Screening (2004)
Ovarian Cancer, BRCA Testing (Breast Cancer): Screening (2005)
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Pancreatic Cancer: Screening (2004)
Pap Smear (Cervical Cancer): Screening (2003)
Peripheral Arterial Disease: Screening (2005)
Phenylketonuria: Screening (2008)
Physical Activity (Exercise): Counseling (2002)
Postexposure Prophylaxis for Selected Infectious Diseases: Preventive Medication (Inactive)
Preeclampsia: Screening (1996); (Update in Progress)
Prostate Cancer: Screening (2008)
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Rh Incompatibility: Screening (2004)
Rubella: Immunizations
Rubella: Screening (1996)
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Scoliosis (Idiopathic Scoliosis in Adolescents): Screening (2004)
Sexually Transmitted Infections: Counseling (2008)
Sickle Cell Disease: Screening (2007)
Skin Cancer: Screening (2009)
Skin Cancer: Counseling (2011)
Smoking (Tobacco Use): Counseling (Children and Adolescents) (2003)
Smoking (Tobacco Use): Counseling and Interventions (Adults) (2009)
Speech and Language Delay: Screening (2006)
Substance Abuse (Drug Use, Illicit): Screening (2008)
Suicide Risk: Screening (2004)
Syphilis: Screening (2004)
Syphilis (Pregnant Women): Screening (2009)
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Testicular Cancer: Screening (2011)
Thyroid Cancer: Screening (1996)
Thyroid Disease: Screening (2004)
Tobacco Use (Smoking): Counseling (Children and Adolescents) (2003)
Tobacco Use (Smoking): Counseling and Interventions (Adults) (2009)
Tuberculosis Infection: Screening (1996)
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Ultrasonography in Pregnancy: Screening (Inactive)
Visual Acuity in Older Adults, Impaired: Screening (2009)
Visual Impairment in Children Ages 1-5: Screening (2011)
Vitamin Supplementation to Prevent Cancer and Coronary Heart Disease: Counseling (2003)
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Youth Violence: Counseling (Inactive)
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC providers recommendations on the following screenings:
Alcohol Misuse
Breast Cancer
Cervical Cancer
Chlamydial Infection
Colorectal Cancer
Dental and Periodontal Disease
Diabetes Mellitus, Adult type 2
Hearing Impairment
Hepatitis B Virus
Hepatitis C Virus
Human Immunodeficiency Virus
High Blood Pressure
Lipid Disorders
Obesity in Adults
Oral Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Skin Cancer
Tobacco Use
Visual Impairment

The Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic has a site that determines the types of screening a person needs based on their gender and age. has screening tests and immunization recommendations for men and women based on age.  This site also includes a section on what preventive care Medicare will fund.