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What are the CHIS cancer control items?

NCI provides support for the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS)External Web Site Policy to field cancer control questions covering cancer risk factors, cancer screening behaviors, and cancer diagnosis. The CHIS cancer control questions are comparable to the Cancer Control Supplement questions in the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). Data are reported for most counties and the largest cities in the state, and are therefore useful for estimating at the local level.

Because racial and ethnic subpopulations are so well represented in California, CHIS enables investigators to better estimate health-related behaviors, use of health services, and cancer risk factors in these groups. Groups of particular interest include African-Americans, Latinos and Hispanics, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders.

CHIS was last fielded in 2011-2012. The 2011-2012 data were released on August 8, 2013. The 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011-2012 CHIS dataExternal Web Site Policy are available from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

The 2011-2012 survey questionnaire included questions (PDF)External Web Site Policy on diet, physical activity, and cigarette use/second-hand smoke exposure. Data on breast cancer screening and follow up will be released shortly.

Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014