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What is the life expectancy of a person with cystic fibrosis?

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The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation explains that actual life expectancy for a person with cystic fibrosis is impossible to accurately predict. Life expectancy depends upon severity of the disease and age at diagnosis as well as the type of cystic fibrosis gene mutations a person has.

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What is the life expectancy of a person with cystic fibrosis?
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In the 1950s, children with cystic fibrosis were not expected to live past 18. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2014, approximately half of all people with cystic fibrosis in the United States are 18 years or older. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation explains that with specialized medical care, aggressive drug treatments and therapies and proper nutrition, people with cystic fibrosis can significantly lengthen and improve their quality of life.

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