The median age of survival for Canadians with cystic fibrosis was 49.7 years of age in 2012.
It is a multi-system disease that affects mainly the lungs and the digestive system. In the lungs, where the effects are most devastating, a build-up of thick mucus causes severe respiratory problems. Mucus and protein also build up in the digestive tract, making it difficult to digest and absorb nutrients from food.
There are approximately 4,000 Canadians living with Cystic Fibrosis who receive specialized care at one of the 42 Cystic Fibrosis clinics across Canada
16% of all Canadians with cystic fibrosis have CF-related diabetes and 35% of CF patients 35 years of age and older have CF-related Diabetes.
Each week in Canada, two children are diagnosed and one person dies from the disease. Of the Canadians with Cystic Fibrosis who died in 2012, half were under 32 years old.