Terms of Use

Agreement Between User and the USPSTF Web Site

The USPSTF Web site is comprised of various Web pages operated by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). The USPSTF Web site is offered to you, conditional on your acceptance without modifications of the terms, conditions, and notices contained herein. Your use of the USPSTF Web site constitutes your agreement to all such terms, conditions, and notices.

Modification of these Terms of Use

The USPSTF Web site reserves the right to change the terms, conditions, and notices, under which the USPSTF Web site is offered.

Privacy Act Warning

Information contained in this system is subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552A, as amended).* Personal information contained in this system may be used only by authorized persons to conduct official business. Any individual responsible for unauthorized disclosure or misuse of personal information may be subject to monetary fines.

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Links to Third Party Sites

The USPSTF Web site may contain links to other Web sites (“Linked Sites”). These Linked Sites are not under the control of the USPSTF Web site, and the USPSTF Web site is not responsible for the contents of any Linked Site, including without limitation any link contained in a Linked Site or any changes or update to a Linked Site. The USPSTF Web site provides these links to you only as a convenience; the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by the USPSTF Web site of the site or any association with its operators. The user assumes all risk for visiting linked sites.

Quality of Information

The information included in or available through the USPSTF Web site may include inaccuracies or typographical errors. Changes are periodically added to the information herein. The USPSTF may make improvements and/or changes to its Web site at any time. Advice received via the USPSTF Web site should not be relied upon without consulting an appropriate professional for specific advice tailored to your situation.

All requests for correction of information on the USPSTF must be submitted through the USPSTF contact form.

Unlawful or Prohibited Use

As a condition of your use of the USPSTF Web site, you warrant to USPSTF that you will not use the USPSTF Web site for any purpose that is unlawful or prohibited by these terms, conditions, and notices. You may not use the USPSTF Web site in any manner which could damage, disable, overburden, or impair the USPSTF Web site or interfere with any other party’s use and enjoyment of the USPSTF Web site. You may not obtain or attempt to obtain any materials or information through any means not intentionally made available or provided for through the USPSTF Web site.

* Because the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is mandated by the U.S. Congress to provide administrative, research, technical, and dissemination support to the USPSTF, the information provided by and submitted to the USPSTF is subject to Federal regulations regarding privacy, accessibility, retention, and dissemination.


After an in-depth review of the strongest available science on the benefits and harms of screening mammography, as well as input from the public and health care professionals during the public comment period, the Task Force issued its final recommendations on breast cancer screening on January 12, 2016. You can learn more about how the Task Force’s final recommendations converge with other evidence-based guidelines in an editorial published in Annals of Internal Medicine.


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