Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene causes the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and 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.
Learn more about CF at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website: http://www.cff.org/.Cystic Fibrosis: The Facts
- Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the number one genetic disease of children and young adults in the U.S.
- One in 29 Americans are symtopless carriers of the defective CF gene.
- Every day, approximately three babies are born with CF in this country.
- CF claims the life of at least one person every 24 hours.
- With 90 cents on the dollar being invested in vital CF programs, the CF Foundation is an organization that is making a difference.
- The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) works to fund research to find a cure and improve the lives of those with CF.
- CFF was recently ranked among the nation's Top Ten "Best In The Business," in SmartMoney, the magazine of The Wall Street Journal.