Cancer – Early Warning Signs Nursing Mnemonic (CAUTION UP)

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  • C-Change in bowel or bladder
  • A-A lesion that does not heal
  • U-Unusual bleeding or discharge
  • T-Thickening or lump in breast or elsewhere
  • I-Indigestion or difficulty swallowing
  • O-Obvious changes in wart or mole
  • N-Nagging cough or persistent hoarseness
  • U-Unexplained weight loss
  • P-Pernicious Anemia


Cancer can sometimes be difficult to identify, but the earlier it is detected the better chance treatment will be effective.

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