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Leading Cause of all Deaths

Mortality statistics provide information for objective assessment of the disease burden of the population. The tables below show the top ten leading causes of death for both sexes in 2015.

Ten Leading Causes of Death for Male in 2015
Ranking Leading Cause of Death No. of Deaths Percentage(%)#
1 Malignant neoplasms 8,345 32.3%
2 Pneumonia 4,223 16.4%
3 Diseases of heart 3,349 13.0%
4 Cerebrovascular diseases 1,671 6.5%
5 External causes of morbidity and mortality 1,279 5.0%
6 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 1,275 4.9%
7 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis 812 3.1%
8 Dementia 455 1.8%
9 Septicaemia 424 1.6%
10 Diabetes mellitus 241 0.9%
  Other diseases 3,736 14.5%
  Total 25,810 100.0%
Note(s):
There may be a slight discrepancy between the sum of individual items and the total as shown in the table owing to rounding.

# Percentage of total male deaths in Hong Kong.

Ten Leading Causes of Death for Female in 2015
Ranking Leading Cause of Death No. of Deaths Percentage(%)#
1 Malignant neoplasms 5,971 28.5%
2 Pneumonia 3,781 18.1%
3 Diseases of heart 2,841 13.6%
4 Cerebrovascular diseases 1,588 7.6%
5 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis 843 4.0%
6 External causes of morbidity and mortality 714 3.4%
7 Dementia 690 3.3%
8 Septicaemia 467 2.2%
9 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 385 1.8%
10 Diabetes mellitus 251 1.2%
  Other diseases 3,412 16.3%
  Total 20,943 100.0%
Note(s):
There may be a slight discrepancy between the sum of individual items and the total as shown in the table owing to rounding.

# Percentage of total female deaths in Hong Kong.