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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 2014.
Ten Leading Causes of Death for Male in 2014
Ranking Leading Cause of Death No. of Deaths Percentage(%)#
1 Malignant neoplasms 8,223 32.4%
2 Pneumonia 4,038 15.9%
3 Diseases of heart 3,510 13.8%
4 Cerebrovascular diseases 1,717 6.8%
5 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 1,310 5.2%
6 External causes of morbidity and mortality 1,175 4.6%
7 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis 813 3.2%
8 Dementia 445 1.8%
9 Septicaemia 383 1.5%
10 Aortic aneurysm and dissection 237 0.9%
  Other diseases 3,527 13.9%
  Total 25,378 100.0%
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 2014
Ranking Leading Cause of Death No. of Deaths Percentage(%)#
1 Malignant neoplasms 5,580 27.4%
2 Pneumonia 3,464 17.0%
3 Diseases of heart 2,895 14.2%
4 Cerebrovascular diseases 1,619 8.0%
5 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis 871 4.3%
6 Dementia 667 3.3%
7 External causes of morbidity and mortality 659 3.2%
8 Septicaemia 501 2.5%
9 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 432 2.1%
10 Diabetes mellitus 204 1.0%
  Other diseases 3,436 16.9%
  Total 20,328 100.0%
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.