Cystic Fibrosis

Life threatening disease

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Premitec are involved with fund raising for this Cystic Fibrosis Trust. In fact, their MD Mr. Ian Pickles cycled the Prudential London 100 mile cycle ride August 2014 to raise money for the Trust.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is one of the UK’s most common life-threatening inherited diseases. Cystic fibrosis is caused by a single defective gene. As a result, the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system, become clogged with thick sticky mucus resulting in chronic infections and inflammation in the lungs and difficulty digesting food.

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For further information please visit www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk.

More than two million people in the UK carry the faulty gene – around 1 in 25 of the population. (Example 1 person in a football team or rugby team. They may not know they have the defective gene..!)

There is currently no cure for CF but many treatments are available to manage it, including physiotherapy,exercise, medication and nutrition.

Each week five babies are born with CF, and two people die.

More than half of the CF population in the UK will live past 41, and improved care and treatments mean that a baby born today is expected to live even longer. Visit www.cysticfibrosis.org.uk.