If you smoke, you’ve heard it all before. You know that diseases caused by smoking kill more than 480,000 people in the United States each year. You know that smokers not only have increased risk for lung disease, including lung cancer and emphysema, but also have increased risk for heart disease, stroke, and oral cancer. You may also know that quitting can almost instantly turn some of those risks around. In fact, your risk of heart attack goes down within one day of putting out that last cigarette.
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a serious, chronic, inherited disorder of the secretory glands. Secretory glands include glands that make mucus and sweat. It can range from mild to severe. It is caused by a defect that leads to an imbalance in the flow of water and salt into and out of cells. Doctors usually diagnose this disease during the first two months of a child’s life.