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Things increasing mouth cancer risk: Excess sunlight

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For sample persons age 18 and over, CANMOSUN reports if the person thought excessive sunlight increased one's risk of oral cancer. For 1992, persons were asked only to report yes or no regarding an increased the risk while in 1990, persons could respond in categories of: probably increases, definitely increases, probably does not increase, or definitely does not increase the risk. For both years, persons could also report they don't know.

CANMOSUN was introduced as part of 1990 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Supplement and the 1992 Cancer Supplement. For related variables and more information, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


Apart from changes in response categories, in 1992, persons were told that oral cancer was, "lip, mouth, tongue, or throat" cancer. In 1990, persons were asked about mouth or lip cancer. These changes in response categories and the description of oral cancer reduce comparability.


  • 1990: Sample adults age 18+.
  • 1992: Half of sample persons age 18+ in quarters 1 and 2, and in 2 weeks of quarter 3 (excluded from CAEP supplement).


  • 1990, 1992