Cystic fibrosis is a
disease that causes
mucus in the body to become thick and sticky. This
glue-like mucus builds up and causes problems in many of the body's organs,
lungs and the pancreas. People who have cystic fibrosis can have serious breathing
problems and lung disease. They can also have problems with nutrition,
digestion, growth, and development. There is no cure for cystic fibrosis and
the disease generally gets worse over time.
The life expectancy
for people with cystic fibrosis has been steadily increasing over the past 40
years. On average, people who have cystic fibrosis live into their mid-to-late
30s, although new treatments are making it possible for some people to live
into their 40s and longer.
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