Cystic Fibrosis - Prognosis


The prognosis for cystic fibrosis has improved due to earlier diagnosis through screening, better treatment and access to health care. In 1959, the median age of survival of children with cystic fibrosis in the United States was six months. In 2008, survival averaged 37.4 years. In Canada, median survival increased from 24 years in 1982 to 47.7 in 2007.

Of those with cystic fibrosis who are more than 18 years old as of 2009; 92% had graduated from high school, 67% had at least some college education, 15% were disabled and 9% were unemployed, 56% were single and 39% were married or living with a partner. In Russia the overall median age of patients is 25, which is caused by the absence or high cost of medication and the fact that lung transplantation is not performed.

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