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  • Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-limiting genetic disorder.
  • It mainly affects the lungs, the digestive system (the pancreas and sometimes the liver) and the reproductive system.
  • There is no cure for CF, but treatment can slow progression of the disease.
  • CF is caused by a child inheriting two copies of a changed (mutated) gene – one copy from each parent.
  • One in 25 people carry a single copy of the changed gene but do not have CF and will have no symptoms.
  • CF is usually diagnosed at birth. It is not contagious, and it occurs equally in males and females
  • Testing can now identify if you carry the CF gene change.

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Reviewed on: 16-04-2019