According to the New York Times, “good decisions start with accurate information.” Here are four of the most common misconceptions non-patients have about cystic fibrosis.
1. Cystic fibrosis can be contagious.
Some people are afraid they’ll catch cystic fibrosis if they are in contact with a patient, but it’s impossible. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that’s inherited from both parents. Cystic fibrosis patients cannot transmit the disease to others.
2. Patients with cystic fibrosis cannot live into adulthood.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the current average life expectancy for CF patients in the United States who live past childhood is about 37 years. But there are also exceptional cases, like the Boomer Esiason Foundation CF ambassador and CFer Jerry Cahill who just recently celebrated his 60th birthday.