Sue Perkins reveals mind tumour

Sue Perkins

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Perkins rose to celebrity by her comedy partnership with Mel Giedroyc in Mel and Sue

Great British Bake Off star Sue Perkins has suggested she has a non-cancerous swelling in her pituitary gland, that prevents her from carrying children.

Speaking to Good Housekeeping magazine, a broadcaster pronounced she had detected a swelling while carrying medical tests for another BBC show, Supersizers.

“I’m propitious that it’s soft so it’s not in itself a worrying thing,” she said.

“Sometimes it’s large and creates me mad, and infrequently it’s tiny and is in a background,” a 45-year-old added.

“Sometimes it screws adult my hormones. we have several tests now to make certain a side effects aren’t too onerous.”

The star subsequently thanked fans for their messages of concern.

She tweeted: “Ta for honeyed tweets about my prolactinoma. It’s soft non-symptomatic. All fine.”

“Let’s concentration on those reduction advantageous in a world,” she added.

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Perkins interjection fans for their support

Perkins presents a strike BBC baking uncover with her comedy partner Mel Giedroyc; and is in a attribute with TV writer and publisher Anna Richardson.

She told Good Housekeeping that a expansion affects a ­secretion of reproductive hormones, that means she can't have children.

“I don’t know if we would have left on to have children,” she said. “But as shortly as someone says we can’t have something, we wish it some-more than anything.”


Analysis: pituitary mind tumours

Smitha Mundasad, health reporter

Though usually a small, pea sized gland on a underside of a brain, a pituitary is a essential and formidable hormone powerhouse.

It not usually produces many opposite hormones, it also helps control and coordinate a recover of others via a body.

The hormones assistance umpire many pivotal processes – from metabolism, growth, passionate maturation and facsimile to blood pressure.

Tweets advise Sue Perkin’s has a prolactinoma – a swelling that secretes a hormone prolactin.

This is routinely a benign, delayed flourishing tumour.

They can have several side effects, for example, inducing divert prolongation in a ducts of a breasts or infrequently infertility. Others can have no symptoms.

Prolactinomas can infrequently be treated regulating tablets to revoke a prolactin produced.

Other pituitary tumours can furnish steroids, change a levels of testosterone or oestrogen. or means a thyroid gland to turn overactive for example.


The new array of The Great British Bake Off was watched by 9.3 million viewers final month – some-more than dual million adult on final year’s opening episode.

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