Tumors, in general, are abnormal growths on and within the human body. The tumors involving the pituitary gland are no different. They are abnormal and they need to be taken seriously. The particular issue with the pituitary gland is that it is the part of the brain that controls the balance of the body’s hormones. It regulates the amount of each.
Pituitary tumors are usually benign with a few exceptions. Benign means that they are not the type of tumor that will spread. They stay localized in the pituitary gland. That does not mean they do not cause health problems. Because of their location near the brain, the compilations can be significant. Most of these tumors are referred to as pituitary adenomas because they are not normally cancerous. The few exceptions are called what you might expect they would be i.e. pituitary carcinomas.
Causes of Pituitary Tumors
Pituitary tumors are not uncommon. Twenty percent of the world’s population [Read more…]