Ageing Hong Kong’s grim cancer numbers will rise, but there’s a silver lining: survival rates are improving, early detection helps

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, and in Hong Kong, the latest data is grim. The Hong Kong Cancer Registry says new cases recorded in 2017 showed the highest year-on-year increase in about 10 years, continuing a rising trend over the past three decades.There were 33,075 new cases in 2017, a 5.1 per cent rise from the previous year.Cancer is Hong Kong’s No 1 killer, accounting for more than 30 per cent of all deaths and rising at an annual rate of 1.5 per cent over the past decade…

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