Cystic fibrosis (also called CF) is the most common, life-limiting genetic condition affecting Australians. 3,500 people are living with CF in Australia and 1 in 25 people carry the recessive CF gene change.
Babies born today with CF can expect to live well into adulthood. There is no cure but advances in treatment and care are helping people to better manage their CF.
CF causes an abnormal build-up of thick and sticky mucus in the lungs, airways and digestive system. Treatment requires intensive daily physiotherapy to clear the lungs and airways, countless medications and frequent hospitalisations.
CF causes an abnormal build-up of thick and sticky mucus in the lungs, airways and digestive system .Read more
1 in 2,500 babies in Australia are born with CF - both parents must carry the recessive gene.Read more
CF is usually diagnosed at birth with a heel prick, and diagnosis is confirmed with a sweat test.Read more
CF is treated with extensive physiotherapy, medications, antibiotics, diet, and other interventions.Read more
Genetic carrier screenings are available to help people find out if they carry the CF gene.Read more