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About IPF

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is a debilitating disease-marked by progressive scarring of the lungs-which gradually interferes with a person's ability to breathe. IPF belongs to a family of approximately 100 related diseases, called interstitial lung diseases, which have similar characteristics and can result in lung scarring. This scarring is most often referred to as pulmonary fibrosis.

For a quick video on this disease please click here.

A few quick facts on the disease:

  • (IPF) is a progressive disease, meaning that it does not improve on its own or with treatment. The cause of this disease is unknown.
  • 50% of people with IPF die within 2 to 5 years of being diagnosed
  • The same number of people die of pulmonary fibrosis as die of breast cancer each year
  • The only hope of survival is a lung transplant (only 1% of patients get one)
  • Evil Kneivel and Marlon Brandon died of IPF

For further information, please click on the following links:

coalitionforpf.org/cpf_patients.php

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idiopathic_pulmonary_fibrosis

http://lungs.emedtv.com/idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis/idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis.html

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