Understanding Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder which affects many organs in the body, predominantly the lungs, pancreas and sweat glands. It occurs due to a malfunction in the exocrine system that’s responsible for producing saliva, sweat, tears and mucus. Although there is no cure for Cystic Fibrosis, there are current treatments to decrease the severity of the symptoms. 

Facts about Cystic Fibrosis 

  • In most Australian states, newborn babies are tested for Cystic Fibrosis within the first few days of birth by a heel prick test. 

  • In Australia, one in 2,500 babies are born with Cystic Fibrosis. 

  • Cystic Fibrosis is autosomal recessive meaning that it occurs equally in males and females.  

  • The Cystic Fibrosis gene must be inherited from both parents and it can skip generations. 

What are the symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis?

People with Cystic Fibrosis develop an excessive amount of overly thick, sticky mucus within the airways, lungs, and the digestive system. This excess mucus impairs the digestive functions of the pancreas resulting in bacteria getting trapped in the lungs causing infections and irreversible damage. 

How can CPL help?

No matter where you are on your journey, we are ready to help you achieve your goals. Our services aim to support people to reach their full potential through:  

For more information about how we can support you with Cystic Fibrosis, visit our services page, call us on 1800 275 753 or send an online enquiry