Ask the doctor: What is the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force?

Q. I often read in the health news about recommendations by the U.S. Preventive
Services Task Force. Who are they? Are they part of the government?

A. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) develops evidence-based guidelines for the use of preventive services, including cancer screening, medications to prevent disease, and lifestyle counseling. Although the members are appointed by a government agency, they are not government employees.

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