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Things increasing mouth cancer risk: Biting cheek or lip

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For sample persons age 18 and over, CANMOBITE reports if the person thought frequently biting one's cheek or lip increased one's risk of mouth or lip cancer. Persons could respond in categories of: probably increases, definitely increases, probably does not increase, or definitely does not increase. Persons could also report they don't know.

Related variables: persons were also asked if they thought the following reasons increased one's risk of cancer:

CANMOBITE was introduced as part of the 1990 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention supplement. For related variables and more information, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1990: Sample persons age 18+.


  • 1990