ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about the number of people who are diagnosed with a pituitary gland tumor each year. You will also read general information on surviving the disease. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. Use the menu to see other pages.
About 15,690 pituitary gland tumors will be diagnosed in the United States this year. Very few of these tumors will be cancerous. Older adults are more likely to be diagnosed with this type of tumor, but it can occur at any age. Incidence rates are increasing in children age 10 to 19.
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.
In general, it is important to remember that statistics on survival rates for people with a pituitary gland tumor are an estimate. Experts generally measure the survival statistics every 5 years. So estimates may not show the results of better diagnoses or treatment available for less than 5 years. Talk with your doctor if you have any questions about this information. Learn more about understanding statistics.
Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society website (January 2019) and the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States Statistical Report: Primary Brain and Other Central Nervous System Tumors Diagnosed in the United States in 2011–2015.
The next section in this guide is Risk Factors. It explains what factors may increase the chance of developing a pituitary gland tumor. Use the menu to choose a different section to read in this guide.