Whether has cancer and heart disease (COCNHDP)

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This variable describes whether a person has reported having both cancer (including remission) and heart disease (including heart attack or angina).


All persons


1Has cancer and heart disease
2Does not have cancer and heart disease
&Not stated
VOverseas visitor

Number of categories: 4

See Understanding supplementary codes for more information.

Question(s) from the Census form

Has the person been told by a doctor or nurse that they have any of these long-term health conditions?

How this variable is created

This variable is derived from responses to the long-term health conditions question and aims to capture people who have specific combinations of health conditions (known as comorbidity).

Where a respondent selects ‘Cancer (including remission)’ and ‘Heart disease (including heart attack or angina)’ they are coded to 1 ‘Has cancer and heart disease’. The respondent could also have other long-term health conditions, but those conditions are not recorded in this variable. All other combinations of responses, including ‘No long-term health condition’ are coded to 2 ‘Does not have cancer and heart disease’.

If a person has more than one specified combination of long-term health conditions, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

If a person has more than one specified combination, they will be captured in more than one comorbidity health variable.

This variable does not have a non-response rate as it is created during Census processing by using responses from one or more questions on the Census form. For the item non-response rate for the health question, see CLTHP.

Related variables and glossary terms

  • Whether has cancer (including remission) (HCANP)
  • Whether has heart disease (including heart attack or angina) (HHEDP)
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