About Cystic fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. This condition is present in a child when both parents are carriers of the defective gene. The gene that CF is present in forces the body to produce a creation of thick and sticky mucus that is difficult to cough out of the lungs and makes it hard to breath. This can lead to severe lung infections.
Over time, these complications can lead to clogged lungs and damage to the pancreas. The hereditary disease can also have fatal complications such as liver disease and diabetes. The thick mucus interferes with pancreatic function by preventing enzymes from properly breaking down food. This pancreatic issue can result in digestive problems. Today, there is no cure for CF. The most common cause of death in people with Cystic fibrosis is respiratory failure.
A growing number of treatments are emerging and dramatically increasing life expectancy while simultaneously improving quality of life for those with CF. We hope to help continue to positive momentum.