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Colorectal Cancer

In 2015, 31,811 inpatient discharges and deaths were related to the malignant neoplasm of colon, rectum and anus, commonly known as colorectal cancer, which accounted for 15.6% of hospitalization due to all types of cancers.
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Colorectal cancer has been the second leading cause of cancer death in Hong Kong for years. In 2015, 2,073 persons died from colorectal cancer, accounting for 14.5% of all cancer deaths. The crude death rates for male and female were 35.0 and 22.8 per 100,000 population of respective sex.
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The age-standardised death rate for both sexes had an upward trend between 1981 and 2003. However, such trend was reversed over the past decade or so.
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In general, the age-specific death rates of colorectal cancer for both sexes increase with age. In 2015, the age-specific death rates of male were higher than those of female after age 45.
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Note(s):
Classification of diseases and causes of death is based on the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) 10th Revision from 2001 onwards. Figures from 2001 onwards may not be comparable with figures for previous years which were compiled based on the ICD 9th Revision. Hence, caution should be exercised when interpreting the trend of diseases across 2000 and 2001.

Colorectal cancer corresponds to codes 153-154 in ICD-9 and C18-C21 in ICD-10.