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Dr Albert Yuen of Ruttonjee Hospital is the only sex reassignment surgeon for Hong Kong's public hospitals. Photo: Dale de la Rey
Sex change patients getting younger, and are more likely to be women

in HONG KONG, 12/01/2013

Transsexuals in Hong Kong are now seeking gender-changing surgery at a much earlier age than two decades ago, and those coming forward are more likely to be women seeking to become men.

"It seems that more and more patients are in their 20s," said Dr Albert Yuen Wai-cheung, chief of service at Ruttonjee Hospital's department of surgery and the only specialist performing sex reassignment surgery at the city's public hospitals.

"In the past, they were in their 30s. Now they are quite young, still studying," Yuen said. "With more information available, more are willing to see doctors."

Also, women undergoing sex change operations to become men now outnumber men wanting to become women.

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