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Warning sign of cancer: Other

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For sample persons ages 18 and older, CSIGNOTHER indicates if the person specified anything other than the items provided in the list by the interviewer as a warning sign or symptom of cancer. Signs or symptoms of cancer provided in the list include: weight loss or loss of appetite, change in bowel or bladder habits, unusual bleeding or discharge, lump in breast or elsewhere, indigestion, difficulty swallowing, change in a wart or mole, nagging cough or hoarseness, chest pain, shortness of breath, sores that don't heal, tired/fatigued, and changes on skin/rash/blemish/sunspots/blotches.

This variable is part of the attitudes and knowledge section of the Cancer Control
supplement introduced in the 1987 survey. For more information on the variables included in this section, please see CRSTRES, or use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


Changes in survey design (e.g., quarters in which the supplement was collected) may affect raw frequencies, but do not affect comparability of the variable. As always, data users should use the prescribed IHIS weights.


  • 1987: Half of sample persons age 18+ (excluded from CAEP supplement).


  • 1987