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Kinds of cancer related to diet: Breast

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For sample persons aged 18 years and over who believe that good eating habits reduce the chances of developing major diseases (or whose beliefs on this were unknown) and who think that cancer is or may be related to diet, EHDCANBRES indicates whether the respondent mentioned breast cancer when asked what types of cancer the respondent thought may be related to the things people eat and drink.

Interviewers were instructed to mark all types of cancer mentioned by the respondent in the corresponding category, but not to probe for the possible kinds of cancer into which responses were categorized. Respondents could list more than one type of cancer.

EHDCANBRES is part of a series of variables initiated in 1987 dealing with food, food knowledge, and cancer. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus or see DIETCHANGEV.


Changes in survey design (e.g., quarters in which the supplement was collected) may affect raw frequencies, but do not affect comparability of the variable. As always, data users should use the prescribed IHIS weights.


  • 1987: Half of sample persons age 18+ (excluded from CAEP supplement) who agree that diet can reduce risk of disease (or for whom it wasunknown if they agree) and who think that cancer is or could be related to diet.


  • 1987