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:
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 by visiting CFF.ORG