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Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer

8 April 2019

Introduction

Prostate cancer recorded the largest increase in incidence rate among the common male cancers in Hong Kong during the past two decades. In 2016, prostate cancer was the third most common cancer in men and accounted for 11.9% of all new cancer cases in males.

Incidence

In 2016, 1912 new cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed and the crude incidence rate was 56.6 per 100000 male population. The age-standardised incidence rate was 29.3 per 100000 standard population. 

Number of new cases and crude incidence rate of prostate cancer, 1983-2000 (View)

Number of new cases and crude incidence rate of prostate cancer, 2001-2016 (View)

Mortality

Prostate cancer is the fourth leading cause of male cancer deaths in Hong Kong. In 2017, a total of 443 men died from this cancer, accounting for 5.2% of male cancer deaths. The crude death rate of prostate cancer was 13.1 per 100000 male population. The age-standardised death rate of prostate cancer was 5.6 per 100000 standard population. 

Number of registered deaths and crude death rate of prostate cancer, 1981-2000 (View)

Number of registered deaths and crude death rate of prostate cancer, 2001-2017 (View)

Trends of incidence and mortality

The age-standardised incidence rate of prostate cancer had an upward trend between 1983 and 2016. Also, the age-standardised death rate had an upward trend between 1981 and 2017.

Age-standardised incidence and death rates* of prostate cancer, 1981-2017

Age-standardised incidence and death rates of prostate cancer, 1981-2017

Notes: * Age-standardised rates are compiled based on the world standard population specified in GPE Discussion Paper Series: No.31, EIP/GPE/EBD, World Health Organization, 2001.
    Data in the above charts from 1996 onwards are compiled based on the population estimates under the "resident population" approach instead of the "extended de facto" approach.
    Classification of diseases and causes of death is based on the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) 10th Revision from 2001 onwards. Figures from 2001 onwards may not be comparable with figures for previous years which were compiled based on the ICD 9th Revision.

Sources:   Census and Statistics Department
Department of Health
Hong Kong Cancer Registry, Hospital Authority


Prostate cancer corresponds to codes 185 in ICD-9 and C61 in ICD-10.


Related information

Information for Health Professionals – Recommendations on Prevention and Screening for Prostate Cancer

Cancer Prevention Series 5 – Prostate Cancer Prevention and Screening

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