Australian Bureau of Statistics
4363.0.55.001 - Australian Health Survey: Users' Guide, 2011-13
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/12/2012
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More than one response was allowed.
The use of these categories effectively established this list as the most detailed level of information on 'type of cancer' available from the survey, although very limited further detail may be available for types of cancer recorded in the 'Other - specify' category.
Those who reported having been told that they had skin cancer were asked what type of skin cancer they had:
More than one response was allowed as well as a 'don't know' category.
Respondents were then asked if they currently had cancer, the type of cancer (including type of skin cancer) and whether they were receiving treatment. For the purposes of this survey, persons in remission were regarded as still having cancer, irrespective of the period of remission. That is, they were asked "including cancer which is in remission, do you currently have cancer?".
Respondents who identified as having breast cancer were asked at what age they were first diagnosed.
Information was also collected from all respondents on whether they had ever been tested for cancer and, if so, whether they had been tested in the last 2 years.
Females were asked if they had been tested for:
Males were asked if they had been tested for:
Respondents who reported they currently had cancer were then sequenced to the "Actions" module where they were asked questions about the number of times they had seen a GP, specialist, etc.
As noted in the introduction to this chapter, persons sequenced around these questions may have reported current long-term cancer in response to later general questions about medical conditions. These are included in, and contribute to, estimates of the prevalence of cancer.
Respondents were asked in a later module about all medications and health supplements they were taking, but not in relation to any specific condition. This differs from the 2007-08 survey where questions about medication were asked within the cancer module.
The data items and related output categories for this topic will be available in Excel spreadsheet format from the Downloads page of this product.
Points to be considered in interpreting data for this topic include the following:
Comparability with 2007-08
The methodology used in the 2011-12 NHS was the same as that used in the 2007-08 survey.
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