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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 2012.
Ten Leading Causes of Death for Male in 2012
Ranking Leading Cause of Death No. of Deaths Percentage(%)#
1 Malignant neoplasms 7,933 32.6%
2 Pneumonia 3,683 15.1%
3 Diseases of heart 3,398 14.0%
4 Cerebrovascular diseases 1,680 6.9%
5 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 1,470 6.0%
6 External causes of morbidity and mortality 1,069 4.4%
7 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis 799 3.3%
8 Septicaemia 430 1.8%
9 Dementia 337 1.4%
10 Aortic aneurysm and dissection 236 1.0%
  Other diseases 3,311 13.6%
  Total 24,346 100.0%
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.

Ten Leading Causes of Death for Female in 2012
Ranking Leading Cause of Death No. of Deaths Percentage(%)#
1 Malignant neoplasms 5,403 28.0%
2 Pneumonia 3,277 17.0%
3 Diseases of heart 2,885 14.9%
4 Cerebrovascular diseases 1,596 8.3%
5 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis 830 4.3%
6 External causes of morbidity and mortality 585 3.0%
7 Dementia 567 2.9%
8 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 511 2.6%
9 Septicaemia 407 2.1%
10 Diabetes mellitus 200 1.0%
  Other diseases 3,060 15.8%
  Total 19,321 100.0%
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.