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Thinks one or more types of cancer related to diet

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For sample persons aged 18 years and over, EHDCANTYPE indicates whether the respondent mentioned one or more types of 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.

EHDCANTYPE 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).


  • 1987