Cushing’s Disease: A Rare Disease With Serious Health Consequences
Novartis recognizes Cushing’s Disease Awareness Day on April 8
Apr 08, 2016
Cushing's disease is a rare but serious endocrine disorder caused by a noncancerous tumor within the pituitary gland, which ultimately leads to the production of high levels of a hormone called cortisol. If left untreated, the disease is associated with a 50% survival rate at five years and the development of serious health consequences.
While the disease affects about 1-2 people per million each year, it can also impact the friends and family members of each patient, who may notice a change in appearance or behavior due to the impact the disease has on the body.
As part of Novartis’ commitment to providing support and solutions that improve the health and well-being of those living with pituitary tumors like Cushing’s disease, Novartis created the Highlights Project, in collaboration with Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, to shed light on how patients cope with the physical and psychosocial manifestations of the disease. The website features various resources, including makeup tutorials and educational tips, as well as first-hand testimonials from US Cushing’s disease patients, to help people with pituitary tumors manage the psychosocial challenges they face each day.
Visit the Highlights Project website http://bit.ly/1eV1sYV to read more about patients’ personal experiences with the disease.