Are You One in Five?

It is estimated that as many as one in every five people worldwide has a pituitary tumor. Pituitary tumors tend to grow slowly, rarely spreading to other areas; these tumors can go undetected until they begin to press against the pituitary gland or other critical structures.

That means an estimated 60 Million people in America alone have a pituitary tumor.

You've heard the saying "You don't know what you don't know." When it comes to your health, what you "don't know" could hurt you, or even kill you. Early diagnosis, intervention and follow-up care are the best plan of action.

Surviving a Pituitary Tumor

Tes Scanlon

Tes Scanlon,
Brain Tumor Survivor
Mrs. District of Columbia International 2011

In August 2010, during a regular eye exam, my opthalmologist informed me that my vision loss might be caused by a brain tumor. An MRI confirmed that I had a large pituitary tumor pressing against both optic nerves and my carotid artery.

Within days I was in the ICU at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, the top-rated Neurosurgery Center in the country.

My neurosurgeon, Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa ordered additional testing through bloodwork, a CT scan and MRI. It was determined that immediate surgery was required. Dr. Quinones-Hinojosa, assisted by Dr. Clifford Solomon used state-of-the-art imaging and surgical techniques to remove the tumor and save my eyesight.

I did need an additional surgery and will now have life-long side effects from damage done to my pituitary gland.

Regular testing and treatments are necessary, but I realize how incredibly lucky I am to have been diagnosed in time.

I want everyone to have access to the most basic information about Pituitary Tumors in an easy to understand format. That's why I have created the "Are You One In Five" website. For more detailed information, I have included links to national organizations and health centers in the Resources section.

Please continue to review the additional pages of this website to learn more about pituitary tumors and how to become your own healthcare advocate.

Signed, Tes