Codes and Frequencies
CANSPECIAL indicates if the sample person mentioned seeing a cancer specialist (Oncologist) for their cancer diagnosis and treatment. This inquiry was directed at sample persons age 18 years and over who were ever diagnosed with one kind of cancer (CANCEREV, CANCERNO) and were diagnosed in the past 10 years (CAN1DIAGDY, CAN1DIAGE) or who were diagnosed with more than one kind of cancer (CANCERNO) and most recent cancer was diagnosed in the past 10 years (CANRECDIAGDY, CANRECDIAGE).
The field representative's manual does not give a definition for cancer specialist, but it does state "Indicate all the different type of doctors the SP saw for diagnoses and/or treatment of the cancer...Include doctors seen for consultation, second opinions, follow-up treatment etc., as well as those making the initial diagnoses or providing primary treatment".
For a list of variables related to type of doctors seen for diagnosis and treatment of cancer see CANINTERNGP.
- 1992: Sample persons age 18+ in quarters 1 and 2 and in 2 weeks in quarter 3 who were ever diagnosed with one kind of cancer and were diagnosed in the past 10 years OR who were diagnosed with more than one kind of cancer and most recent cancer was diagnosed in the past 10 years.
- 1992 : SAMPWEIGHT