In 2017, 29,033 inpatient discharges and deaths were related to malignant neoplasm of trachea, bronchus and lung, commonly known as lung cancer, which accounted for 13.0% of hospitalization due to all types of cancers.
Lung cancer has been the first leading cause of cancer death in Hong Kong for many years. In 2017, 3,890 persons died from lung cancer, accounting for 27.1% of all cancer deaths. The crude death rates for male and female were 76.5 and 32.4 per 100,000 population of respective sex.
The age-standardized death rates due to lung cancer of male were higher than those of female, while the age standardized death rate for both sexes continued to decrease in recent years.
In general, the age-specific death rates of lung cancer for both sexes increased with age. In 2017, the age-specific death rates of male were higher than those of female. The rate of increase was more profound in men than women after age 54.