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National Health Interview Survey, 1987: Cancer Risk Factor Supplement, Epidemiology Study (ICPSR 9341)

Published: Feb 17, 1992

Principal Investigator(s):
United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics


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The National Health Interview Surveys (NHIS) continuously monitor illness and injury, disability and chronic impairments, and health services used by people in the United States. In 1987, additional interviews were conducted with two subsamples of NHIS respondents to gather data on cancer control and epidemiology. Like the Cancer Control supplement, this Cancer Epidemiology supplement included questions on acculturation (in terms of language, ethnicity, and place of birth), dietary knowledge, smoking and tobacco use, and occupational history. The Cancer Epidemiology supplement also included questions on frequency and portion sizes of food and drink items, vitamin and mineral intake, reproduction, hormone use, family's and respondent's history of cancer, height and weight, and participation in social activities. Approximately 90 demographic, health status, and health care variables from the core data files are included on the supplement file.

United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey, 1987:  Cancer Risk Factor Supplement, Epidemiology Study. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-17.

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In preparing the data tape(s) for this collection, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has removed direct identifiers and characteristics that might lead to identification of data subjects. As an additional precaution, NCHS requires, under section 308(d) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 242m), that data collected by NCHS not be used for any purpose other than statistical analysis and reporting. NCHS further requires that analysts not use the data to learn the identity of any persons or establishments and that the director of NCHS be notified if any identities are inadvertently discovered. ICPSR member institutions and other users ordering data from ICPSR are expected to adhere to these restrictions.



Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data file(s) and technical documentation in this collection in their original form as prepared by NCHS. Age and racial/ethnic distributions: 17-44 years (N=12,530), 45-54 (N=2,626), 55-64 (N=2,684), 65-74 (N=2,498), 75+ (N=1,742). African-Americans (N=3,142), and Hispanic-Americans (N=1,525). The data contain ampersands (&), dashes (-), and blanks ( ) as legitimate codes. Complete data from the core questionnaire files are available as NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY, 1987 (ICPSR 9195) and from the related 1987 Cancer Control supplement as NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY, 1987: CANCER CONTROL STUDY (ICPSR 9343).

Stratified multistage area probability sample from 1,924 geographically defined Primary Sampling Units (PSUs). African-American units were oversampled for the core questionnaire. Additionally, Hispanic-American units were oversampled for the two Cancer supplements, and in some households not from the Hispanic oversample more than than one Hispanic adult was interviewed.

Civilian, noninstitutionalized population residing in the 50 states and District of Columbia.

personal interviews

survey data




  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented.
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This study is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), the aging program within ICPSR. NACDA is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Heath (NIH).