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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 2017.
Ten Leading Causes of Death for Male in 2017
Ranking Leading Cause of Death No. of Deaths Percentage(%)#
1 Malignant neoplasms 8,487 33.4%
2 Pneumonia 4,360 17.2%
3 Diseases of heart 3,323 13.1%
4 Cerebrovascular diseases 1,546 6.1%
5 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 1,149 4.5%
6 External causes of morbidity and mortality 1,082 4.3%
7 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis 821 3.2%
8 Dementia 557 2.2%
9 Septicaemia 524 2.1%
10 Aortic aneurysm and dissection 210 0.8%
  Other diseases 3,349 13.2%
  Total 25,408 100.0%
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 2017
Ranking Leading Cause of Death No. of Deaths Percentage(%)#
1 Malignant neoplasms 5,867 28.7%
2 Pneumonia 3,672 17.9%
3 Diseases of heart 2,815 13.8%
4 Cerebrovascular diseases 1,578 7.7%
5 Dementia 898 4.4%
6 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis 838 4.1%
7 External causes of morbidity and mortality 615 3.0%
8 Septicaemia 447 2.2%
9 Chronic lower respiratory diseases 356 1.7%
10 Diabetes mellitus 215 1.1%
  Other diseases 3,170 15.5%
  Total 20,471 100.0%
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.