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Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and
digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States
(70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the
body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:
* clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections;
* obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body
break down and absorb food.
In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary
school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further
enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people
with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis
People with CF can have a variety of symptoms, including:
* very salty-tasting skin;
* persistent coughing, at times with phlegm;
* frequent lung infections;
* wheezing or shortness of breath;
* poor growth/weight gain in spite of a good appetite; and
* frequent greasy, bulky stools or difficulty in bowel movements.
* About 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year.
* More than 70% of patients are diagnosed by age two.
* More than 45% of the CF patient population is age 18 or older.
* Thanks to research and care supported by the CF Foundation, many
people with CF are living into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Since 1955, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has been the driving force
behind the pursuit of a cure. Thanks to the dedication and financial
backing of our supporters--patients, families and friends, clinicians,
researchers, volunteers, individual donors, corporations and staff, we are
making a difference.
Information taken from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. To Find out more
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