The registry yesterday said it recorded 35,082 new cancer cases in 2019, a year-on-year growth of 3.1 percent.

Of the 35,082 cases, 5,575 of them were lung cancer, which increased 6.2 percent compare to the year before. It was last the most common cancer in Hong Kong in 2012.

Meanwhile, the registry expected that there will be more women having cancer than men in the coming two to three years.

The registry’s figures showed that the number of men having cancer between 2010 to 2019 has remained stable, while the number of women diagnosed with cancer has been on an uprising trend, increasing by an average of 1.3 percent each year.

Director of the Hospital Authority's cancer registry Wong Kam-hung pointed out that there are more women than men in the city, and with more middle-aged women, the number of women diagnosed with cancer may increase, surpassing the number for men.

Meanwhile, 14,871 people had died of cancer in 2019, a year-on-year growth of 1.9 percent.

Wong urged citizens to seek medical help once they suspect themselves of having cancer. He also called on people to quit smoking and drinking, along with maintaining a healthy weight.