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Internal Medicine

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  1. Screening for hypertension and smoking cessation counseling. Hypertension screening by measuring blood pressure is recommended by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for patients aged 18 years and older (“A” rating). Additionally, screening for smoking is recommended for adults of any age. If the patient is a smoker, smoking cessation counseling and interventions such as behavioral counseling (duration, ≤ 3 min) during office visits and pharmacotherapy (if necessary) are indicated. The USPSTF recommends against (“D” rating) routine screening for testicular cancer in men who are asymptomatic. There is currently no evidence to suggest that clinical testicular examination or self-examination decreases mortality from testicular cancer.1

     US Preventive Services Task Force. Guide to clinical preventive services, 2007. Available at www.ahrq.gov/clinic/uspstfix.htm. Accessed 4 Apr 2008.

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