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Pituitary Tumors-The Best Kept Secret in Medicine. Studies show 1 in 5 adults may have a pituitary tumor. That’s 20% of our population. The Pituitary Gland is The Master Gland and sits at the base of our brain. Pituitary brain tumors can cause severe hormonal disorders, blindness and many other serious health problems. Pituitary tumors are mostly benign but can act in an aggressive manor but in most cases they are treatable but we lack current and accurate education among our medical communities; as well as the public, causing far too many patients to become disabled and even lose their lives simple because we lack proper awareness and education. Historically doctors were taught pituitary disease was rare, and because of this poor attempt in medical school to educate our medical professionals it has currently caused a backlash for someone suffering with a pituitary tumor and/or hormonal disorder. Patients are not getting a timely and/or accurate diagnosis. A small handful of subspecialist in neuro-endocrinology and neurosurgery strives to reeducate their colleagues as well as advocates helping to raise public awareness. Pituitary tumors often present with common symptoms leading doctors to treat individual symptoms never getting to the root cause. Patients can go many years without a proper evaluation leading to many poor quality of life health concerns. Many common symptoms include: Obesity in the abdomen, diabetes, low sex drive, lack of menstrual cycles, abnormal hair growth, hair lose, abnormal growth as an adult, anxiety, depression, low energy, abnormal hormone levels, blindness, high blood pressure, heart disease and more. Not every patient has every symptom. Tumors often over produce the hormones, High levels of Prolactin- Prolactinoma, High levels of ACTH-causing Cushing’s disease (too much of the hormone Cortisol), too much Growth Hormone-causing Acromegaly. Some tumors are considered non-functioning; they don’t secrete a hormone but can cause blindness and other serious health problems. Pituitary hormonal disorders don’t often affect children but it can happen and should be considered if a child presents with multiple symptoms. We need your help please help us raise awareness-it may save your life or the life of someone you love. http://pituitarysupportgroup.org/