How common is pheochromocytoma?


Pheochromocytomas are not very common. They are usually discovered in men and women who are 30 to 60 years old. About 10 percent of pheochromocytomas are attributed to genetic disorders. A family history of multiple endocrine neoplasia, von Hippel-Lindau disease, and neurofibromatosis increases your chances of developing pheochromocytomas. Pheochromocytomas that grow in chromaffin cells outside of the adrenal gland are more often cancerous than those that grow inside the adrenal gland.

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Endocrine System

Your endocrine system works with your nervous system to control important bodily functions. The endocrine systems responsibilities include regulating growth, sexual development and function, metabolism and mood. The endocrine syst...

em also helps give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another. Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.

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