In 2017, 40,588 inpatient discharges and deaths were related to the malignant neoplasm of breast, commonly known as breast cancer, which accounted for 18.2% of hospitalization due to all types of cancers.
Breast cancer was the fourth leading cause of cancer death in Hong Kong in 2017. In 2017, 724 persons died from breast cancer, accounting for 5.0% of all cancer deaths. The crude death rates for female was 18.0 per 100,000 population of female.
The age-standardized death rate due to breast cancer for both sexes remained stable between 1981 and 2017.
In 2017, the female age-specific death rate due to breast cancer generally increased with age. Breast cancer was rare in male.