Pituitary Tumors

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Causes, Risk Factors, and Prevention TOPICS

Can pituitary tumors be prevented?

The risk of many types of cancer can be reduced with certain lifestyle changes (such as staying at a healthy weight or quitting smoking). But pituitary tumors have not been linked with any known outside risk factors. As a result, there is no known way to prevent these tumors at this time.

Still, for people at high risk of pituitary tumors (because of certain inherited syndromes), there may be ways to find and treat them early, before they cause problems (see “Can pituitary tumors be found early?”).

Last Medical Review: 05/08/2014
Last Revised: 05/08/2014