Codes and Frequencies
CANTREATDIET indicates if the person mentioned "special diet" as the type of treatment they received for their cancer. In 1992 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 in 1992 states that special diets are respondent defined, but "Laetrile and herbal therapy should be included in the 'Other - Specify' answer".
For further information and related variables on treatment of cancer see CANTREATSURG.
There are no comparability problems with CANTREATDIET.
There are some differences between years relating to possible treatments received for cancer. In 1992 but not in 2010 sample persons were asked if they received special diets (CANTREATDIET), self-healing techniques (CANTREATHEAL) or didn't know what techniques (CANTREATDK) as treatment for cancer.
- 1992: Sample persons age 18+ in quarters 1 and 2 and in 2 weeks of 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