In 2017, 35,037 inpatient discharges and deaths were related to the malignant neoplasm of colon, rectum and anus, commonly known as colorectal cancer, which accounted for 15.7% of hospitalization due to all types of cancers.
Colorectal cancer has been the second leading cause of cancer death in Hong Kong for years. In 2017, 2,138 persons died from colorectal cancer, accounting for 14.9% of all cancer deaths. The crude death rates for male and female were 37.6 and 21.6 per 100,000 population of respective sex.
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.
In general, the age-specific death rates of colorectal cancer for both sexes increase with age. In 2017, the age-specific death rates of male were higher than those of female after age 45.