In 2016, 9,976 inpatient discharges and deaths were related to the malignant neoplasm of liver and intrahepatic bile ducts, commonly known as liver cancer, which accounted for 4.8% of hospitalization due to all types of cancers.
Liver cancer has been the third leading cause of cancer death in Hong Kong for years. In 2016, 1,540 persons died from liver cancer, accounting for 10.8% of all cancer deaths. The crude death rates for male and female were 33.6 and 10.2 per 100,000 population of respective sex.
In general, the age-standardized death rate due to liver cancer was higher in male. The age-standardized death rate showed a decreasing trend in recent years.
In general, the age-specific death rates of liver cancer for both sexes increased with age. In 2016, the age-specific death rates of male aged 40 and above were higher than those of female.