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Registry and cystic fibrosis in figures


Patients suffering from cystic fibrosis in France

In France the number of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients is estimated at 7500 with as many men as women. Every year the French CF Patient Registry collects data to evaluate the characteristics of the population.
In 2016, 6,757 patients were recorded by the centres participating in the French CF Patient Registry (about 90% exhaustiveness).
The geographic distribution of patients shows a disparity among the departments with the majority of patients concentrated primarily in a north-west arch (the Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Haute and Basse-Normandie, Bretagne and Pays de la Loire regions), and secondarily, on an eastern arch (the Lorraine, Alsace, Franche-Comté, Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regions).
The proportion of adults continues to increase: they represented 19% in 1992 and now account for 55% of patients (in 2016), even though the population remains structurally young (average age 21.9 years).

Age at diagnosis is less than 2 months for 50% of patients.  
In 2016, 177 new patients were diagnosed: 10 by antenatal diagnosis, 134 after neonatal screening and/or 41 due to other symptoms (primarily respiratory or digestive).

The worldwide scientific community has been active for several years now in terms of discovery of drugs treating the symptoms or attacking the disease at its source. Considerable progress has been made in the treatment of symptoms and current research aims to improve this strategy. At the same time, the concerted efforts in basic research are enabling the implementation of clinical trials on medicines intended to treat the source of the disease.

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