VCU Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program

Who Is At Risk For Cystic Fibrosis?

  • Cystic Fibrosis (CF) affects:
  • both males and females.
  • people from all racial and ethnic groups but is most common among Caucasians whose ancestors came from northern Europe.

National Occurance Rates
About 40,000 people in the United States have Cystic Fibrosis (CF). About 1 in every 3,000 babies born in the United States has CF. About 12 million Americans are carriers of an abnormal CF gene. Many of them do not know that they are CF carriers.

CF Amongst Different Ethnic Groups
CF is one of the most common inherited diseases among Caucasians. CF is also common in Latinos and Native Americans, especially the Pueblo tribes. CF is much less common among African Americans and Asian Americans.