Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited disease, it causes thickened mucus that form in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In lungs, the thickened mucus blocks the airways causing lung damage and making it hard to breathe.
Cystic Fibrosis is cause by a mutation in the gene cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator.
Cystic Fibrosis is a chronic, progressive, and often fatal inherited disease of the bodies mucus glands. Cystic Fibrosis mostly affects the respiratory and digestive systems in children and young adults.
To have cystic fibrosis, a person must inherit two copies of the defective CF gene meaning one copy from each parent. Approximately 30,000 people in the United States have cystic fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis can be passed on to the next generation.