Cystic fibrosis (CF) Genetic Screening

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is one the most common life-threatening inherited disorders found in the UK, affecting over 9,000 people.

Over 2 million people carry the faulty gene which gives a carrier frequency as high as 1 in 25.

CF affects the internal organs, especially the lungs causing them to produce excessive amounts of thick sticky mucus . This causes clogging making it difficult to breathe and hard to digest food.

Each week, 5 babies are born with CF and each week 2 young lives are lost to CF. Treatment has improved but average life expectancy is still only 30-40 years. Carrier frequency 1 in 25.

There is currently no cure for CF except for a heart and lung transplant. Gene therapy is believed currently to be the nearest thing to a cure. Currently drug treatment is the best approach but it only alleviates the symptoms.

Carrier status for one or more of FXS, SMA and CF can be determined in a single blood sample.
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