The Healthy People 2020 evidence-based resources identified have been selected by subject matter experts at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources. Each of the selected evidence-based resources has been rated and classified according to a set of selection criteria based, in part, on publication status, publication type, and number of studies. This classification scheme does not necessarily consider all dimensions of quality, such as statistical significance, effect size (e.g., magnitude of effect), meaningfulness of effect, additional effect over control, and study design (e.g., sample size, power, internal validity, external validity, generalizability, potential biases, potential confounders).
The following clinical recommendations come from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) .
Colorectal Cancer Screening
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for colorectal cancer (CRC) using fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy, in adults, beginning at age 50 years and continuing until age 75 years. The risks and benefits of these screening methods vary.
Screening for Breast Cancer
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends biennial screening mammography for women aged 50 to 74 years.
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The following consumer resources are from healthfinder.gov.
As an older adult, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. These tips can help you find activities that will work for you.
You can make small changes to help prevent falls.
Physical activity increases your chances of living a longer, healthier life. It can also help you look and feel your best.
Play an active role in your health care. Speak up and ask questions when you are at the doctor's office.
Staying active and eating healthy foods can help you live longer and better.
The emotional and physical stress of caregiving can cause health problems. When you are taking care of a loved one, make time to care for yourself.
Call your doctor's office to schedule your yearly Medicare wellness visit. Prepare for the appointment by writing a list of questions to ask the doctor.
Worrying about the health and safety of older family members or friends can be stressful. You can help them stay healthy by sharing these tips on preventing falls.
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