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USPSTFUnited States Preventive Services Task Force (US DHHS)
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5) The elimination of an effective screening protocol by the USPSTF, without proper rationale, could reverse decades of progress in women's health and disease prevention.
In their modeling, the USPSTF assumed that colposcopy is 100% sensitive.
Therefore, the USPSTF concluded that there is convincing evidence that screening with either cytology alone or hrHPV testing alone provides substantial benefit and is preferable to cotesting" in otherwise healthy women aged 30-65 years.
The USPSTF believes that clinicians should explain to men ages 55 to 69 years that screening offers a small potential benefit of reducing the chance of dying from prostate cancer, but also comes with potential harms, including false-positive results requiring additional testing/procedures, overdiagnosis and overtreatment, and treatment complications such as incontinence and impotence.
The recommendations are primarily a call for more research rather than a clear guide for clinicians, according to the USPSTF.
The USPSTF is an independent, voluntary group that evaluates preventive health care services and is funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality by mandate of the U.
To determine whether specific screening tests ought to be recommended, USPSTF panelists weigh the evidence of the potential benefits and risks of administering the tests to millions of people who have no signs of disease.
Since then, in September 2015, the USPSTF narrowed the age range of patients who should be considered for preventive aspirin treatment to 50-69 years of age for both sexes, and added also the benefits of long-term aspirin use in the prevention of colorectal cancer.
In response, the USPSTF removed these terms from the final recommendation to better communicate the primary message of importance: there is convincing evidence that screening for colorectal cancer provides substantial benefit for adults aged 50 to 75 years, and a sizable proportion of the eligible US population is not taking advantage of this effective preventive health strategy.
Prostate Cancer Screening, grade D: The USPSTF no longer recommends using the blood prostate specific antigen (PSA) level for prostate cancer screening.
The USPSTF guideline advises aspirin treatment for many women.
The USPSTF recommends screening for depression in the general adult population, including pregnant and postpartum women," said the outfit, which adds that its views should not be construed as the official position of the "Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality" or Obama's HHS.