In the United States, cystic fibrosis affects more than 30,000 children and adults.
The life expectancy of a child with CF has doubled in the last 30 years.
Statistics now show that nearly 40% of the people living with CF in the United States are 18 years or older.
The median life expectancy of an individual who is diagnosed with cystic fibrosis is 37.5 years.
When adequate care levels are provided to patients with CF, their median life span can reach into the early 40’s.
CF is usually diagnosed by conducting a sweat test, which measures the amount of salt in a person’s sweat.
CF is considered an orphan disease. This means it affects a small percentage of the population – fewer than 200,000 people.
1 out of 4,000 babies are born with CF.
In the United States, there are 30,000 people affected by this debilitating disease, and 170,000 people affected worldwide.