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Pituitary Tumor Prevention and Screening

Pituitary Tumor Screening

Screening exams are important medical tests done when you’re at risk but don’t have symptoms. They help find cancer at its earliest stage, when the chances for successful treatment are highest. Unfortunately, no standardized screening tests have been shown to improve pituitary tumor outcomes in the general public. If someone in your family has either of the rare inherited conditions called multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) or familial isolated pituitary adenomas (FIPA), you should talk to your doctor about being tested for a pituitary tumor on a regular basis.

Pituitary Tumor Risk Factors

A risk factor is anything that increases your chance of getting a disease. The only proven risk factor for pituitary tumors is inheriting a condition that makes you more likely to develop a pituitary tumor, such as MEN1 or FIPA.

Not everyone with MEN1 or FIPA gets a pituitary tumor. However, if you or someone in your family has this disorder, it’s a good idea to discuss your risk with your doctor.

If you have been diagnosed with a pituitary tumor, we’re here to help. Call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • Treatment for pituitary cancer and benign pituitary tumors
  • High level of experience with complex pituitary tumors
  • Team approach includes highly experienced specialists
  • Most advanced diagnosis and treatment methods
  • Clinical trials of new treatments for pituitary tumors

Why Choose MD Anderson?

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Pituitary Tumor Prevention

The exact cause of most pituitary tumors is not known. There are no known lifestyle changes to lower the risk of developing pituitary tumors.

Research shows that many cancers can be prevented if people applied everything known about cancer prevention to their lives. Visit the Prevention section of our website to find out steps you can take to avoid cancer.


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