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Research: Men in HK See the Steepest Rise in lymphoma incidence

Updated: Jun 8


From left: Professor Martin WONG and Dr. HUANG Jun Jie
From left: Professor Martin WONG and Dr. HUANG Jun Jie


Lymphoma is one of the top 10 cancers in Hong Kong. The main subtypes are Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, of which the former is more common among young people. CU Medicine has conducted a study with APRU - Association of Pacific Rim Universities to investigate the global distribution, risk factors and epidemiological trends of Hodgkin lymphoma.


It was found that the incidence of Hodgkin lymphoma in Asia has shown an obvious rising trend in recent years, and the rise in incidence of Hodgkin lymphoma in Hong Kong males was the largest in the world.


Dr. HUANG Jun Jie, first author of the study and Post-Doctoral Fellow from The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care at CU Medicine, stated, “The incidence and mortality of Hodgkin lymphoma vary by region, which may be related to detection and diagnosis ability, environmental factors, lifestyle and the prevalence of metabolic diseases in each place. It is worth noting that though the incidence of cancer is higher in high-income places, its mortality rate is higher in low-income places. The health equity issue involved is also an important research direction in the future.”


Professor Martin Chi Sang WONG, the senior corresponding author of the study from The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care at CU Medicine, added, “The overall incidence of Hodgkin lymphoma has been on the rise in recent years, but it is encouraging that the mortality rate has declined because of advances and accessibility of treatment. This study also shows that smoking, obesity and hypertension rates are important drivers of the increasing trend. Policy makers in different regions should implement evidence-based, targeted prevention strategies to control relevant risk factors.”


Details: Faculty of Medicine, CUHK https://bit.ly/38YCD7I

Full article of the study: https://bit.ly/3PTW9CF


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