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Could smoking cause pituitary cancer?

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Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Although there is no large study suggesting pituitary cancer or tumors are caused by smoking, smoking can cause diffuse injury to the body's cells.
After several injuries to the same cell, cancer/tumors can be started. Hence, it is possible that smoking among other environmental factors can cause cancer/tumors of the pituitary.

In brief: Yes

Although there is no large study suggesting pituitary cancer or tumors are caused by smoking, smoking can cause diffuse injury to the body's cells.
After several injuries to the same cell, cancer/tumors can be started. Hence, it is possible that smoking among other environmental factors can cause cancer/tumors of the pituitary.
Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
Dr. Ramin AmirNovin
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine

In brief: No

Actually, pituitary tumors are almost always benign, although cancer has been rarely reported.
While these tumors are benign, which means they grow slowly and don't spread anywhere, the limited space in the area the pituitary is located causes pressure symptoms and destruction of pituitary cells, so it can and does cause symptoms. In many cases they are small, don't grow and never cause trouble.

In brief: No

Actually, pituitary tumors are almost always benign, although cancer has been rarely reported.
While these tumors are benign, which means they grow slowly and don't spread anywhere, the limited space in the area the pituitary is located causes pressure symptoms and destruction of pituitary cells, so it can and does cause symptoms. In many cases they are small, don't grow and never cause trouble.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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