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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 2016.

Ten Leading Causes of Death for Male in 2016
Ranking Leading Cause of Death No. of Deaths Percentage(%)#
1 Malignant neoplasms 8,447 32.5%
2 Pneumonia 4,393 16.9%
3 Diseases of heart 3,396 13.1%
4 Cerebrovascular diseases 1,666 6.4%
5 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 1,256 4.8%
6 External causes of morbidity and mortality 1,176 4.5%
7 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis 840 3.2%
8 Dementia 549 2.1%
9 Septicaemia 490 1.9%
10 Diabetes mellitus 246 0.9%
  Other diseases 3,543 13.6%
  Total 26,002 100.0%
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 male deaths in Hong Kong.

Ten Leading Causes of Death for Female in 2016
Ranking Leading Cause of Death No. of Deaths Percentage(%)#
1 Malignant neoplasms 5,762 27.9%
2 Pneumonia 3,899 18.9%
3 Diseases of heart 2,805 13.6%
4 Cerebrovascular diseases 1,558 7.5%
5 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis 866 4.2%
6 Dementia 822 4.0%
7 External causes of morbidity and mortality 637 3.1%
8 Septicaemia 480 2.3%
9 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 383 1.9%
10 Diabetes mellitus 252 1.2%
  Other diseases 3,195 15.5%
  Total 20,659 100.0%
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.