Pituitary Gland Tumor: Statistics

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 03/2016

ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of people who are diagnosed with a pituitary gland tumor each year. You will read general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. Use the menu to see other pages.

About 14,230 pituitary gland tumors will be diagnosed in the United States in 2017. Most of these tumors are non-cancerous. Because the pituitary gland is located next to the brain, this type of tumor is sometimes classified as a brain tumor in data collection, including by the World Health Organization.

The survival rates of a person with a pituitary tumor depend on the type of tumor, the person’s age, and other factors.

It is important to remember that statistics on the survival rates for people with a pituitary gland tumor are an estimate. The estimate comes from annual data based on the number of people with this tumor in the United States. Also, experts measure the survival statistics every 5 years. So the estimate may not show the results of better diagnosis or treatment available for less than 5 years. People should talk with their doctor if they have questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Sources: Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States and the American Cancer Society.

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