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Currently being treated for cancer

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CANTREATNOW indicates if sample persons are currently in active treatment for cancer. In 1995 this inquiry was directed at sample adults 18 years and older, in 2010 it was directed at sample persons age 18 years and older who were ever told they had cancer (CANCEREV) and received either surgery (CANTREATSURG), radiation (CANTREATRAD), chemotherapy (CANTREATCHEM), hormonal treatment (CANTREATHORM), bone marrow or stem cell transplant (CANTREATMARO), or some other type of treatment (CANTREATOTH) in the past 12 months (CANTREATYR).


The field representative's manual in 1995 states if the sample person "goes now only for an annual check-up, including special tests such as a mammogram, cystoscopy, etc." they are only considered being currently treated if they had cancer within the past 5 years.

For a full list of possible treatments asked about in 2010 and 1992 see CANTREATSURG.


Aside from changes in the universe CANTREATNOW is not entirely comparable between 1995 and 2010. In 2010 a series of questions was asked to ascertain the type of treatment the sample person received.


  • 1995: Half of sample persons age 18+ (excluded from AIDS supplement).
  • 2010: Sample adults age 18+ who were ever told they had cancer and received either surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, hormonal treatments, bone marrow transplant or stem cell transplant, or some other type of treatment to treat cancer in the last 12 months.


  • 1995, 2010