Whether has cancer (including remission) (HCANP)

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Census of Population and Housing: Census dictionary
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This variable describes whether a person has been told by a doctor or nurse that they have cancer. This variable does not indicate whether a person has multiple long-term health conditions.


All persons


031Has cancer (including remission)
032Does not have cancer (including remission)
&&&Not stated
VVVOverseas 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. It counts the number of people who marked ‘Cancer (including remission)’ on the form.

History and changes

This is a new variable for 2021.

Data use considerations

Long-term health conditions data from Census is not intended to provide prevalence estimates. Prevalence estimates of chronic health conditions should be sourced from the National Health Survey (NHS) or National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Surveys (NATSIHS).

Respondents may have reported both malignant and benign neoplasms (cancers) in response to this question.

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

  • Type of long-term health condition (LTHP)
  • Whether has cancer and heart disease (COCNHDP)
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