(CF) is an inherited, life-threatening disease that causes serious damage to the lungs and digestive system. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF), about Americans have the disease and more than 10 million are carriers of the gene.
What does it mean to be a Cystic Fibrosis Carrier? If you are a cystic fibrosis carrier, it means that you carry the trait in your genes, and could pass cystic fibrosis along to your child, but do not have cystic fibrosis yourself.
People living with CF are at greater risk of getting lung infections than those who don't have the disease. Fortunately, there are steps that people with CF, their families and caregivers can take to avoid germs wherever possible.