The pituitary gland is found inside the skull, connected to the hypothalamus section of the brain. It's responsible for triggering the secretion of various hormones throughout different parts of the body. Most cancers of the pituitary involve the anterior portion. While the cause of this form of cancer isn't precisely known, steps to prevent the disease do exist.
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Learn About Pituitary Cancer Risk Factors
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Understand that a healthy life starts with a nutritional diet and regular exercise. Studies show that sedentary individuals have a higher rate of almost all forms of cancer.
Research the 1 major risk factor associated with pituitary cancer. If anyone in your family has multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1, or MEN1, you are at a much higher risk of developing pituitary cancer.
Observe your overall health, age and well-being. People with other forms of cancers run the risk of the infected cells spreading to other parts of the body. Also, older people also have a statistically higher chance of developing cancer.
Report any major weight changes, moodiness and other unexplained health issues to your doctor immediately, as they may be indicators that something is wrong.
Make Changes in Your Life to Help Prevent Pituitary Cancer
Study your family's health history carefully and note any prevalent signs of cancer.
Eat well and stay active.
Avoid prolonged exposure to harmful substances such as chemicals and even the sun.
Accept that pituitary cancer has no official known methods of direct prevention. It's imperative that you request hormone monitoring and other tests on a regular basis to watch for early signs.