BDNCLRCAN is a two-digit count variable.
00: Not in universe
03: Top code of 3 or more
98: Unknown-Not Ascertained
99: Unknown-Don't Know
For sample adults with at least one biological daughter (BDNUM) who ever had colorectal cancer (BDCLRCAN), BDNCLRCAN reports the number of biological daughters who had ever been told they had colorectal cancer. Only respondents with at least one biological daughter (BDNUM) who ever had cancer of any kind (BDNHCAN) were asked follow-up questions about what kind(s) of cancer their daughter(s) had, and about the number of biological daughters they had with the specified type(s) of cancer (such as colorectal cancer).
In 2015, due to low frequencies among family members, cancers of the colon and rectum were removed from the NHIS public use file to maintain respondent confidentiality. To maintain continuity of data analyses using these cancers the "colorectal cancer" variable was created. Researchers may choose to recode the component cancers variables (BDNCLCAN and BDNRTCAN in 2000, 2005 and 2010 to mimic the "colorectal cancer" variables in 2015.
BDNCLRCAN is one of a series of related variables in the "Family History" section of the Cancer Modules. In all years, this section begins with the general comment:
According to the 2000 and 2005 Field Representative's Manuals, the purpose of this and other family cancer history questions is to "determine the prevalence of cancer in families in the population" to "allow a greater understanding of how data obtained from genetics clinics can be applied to the general population." The 2010 and later Manuals provide a similar rationale, stating that the collection of these data "will allow analysts a greater understanding of how family history relates to cancer.
The Manuals for all years define "biological" relatives as people related by blood. Thus, a respondent's biological daughter is a daughter related to the respondent by blood (i.e., not a stepdaughter, adoptive daughter, foster daughter, or daughter-in-law).
- 2015: Sample adults with at least one biological daughter who ever had colorectal cancer.
- 2015 : SAMPWEIGHT