By Robert Saint Laurent, Responsum Editor
Those impacted by IPF know that raising disease awareness is critical to advancing research and improving quality of life for those living with the devastating lung disease.
According to PFF, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis affects one in 200 US adults over the age of 65. Roughly 100,000 Americans are currently living with IPF, with 50,000 new diagnoses and an estimated 40,000 deaths—rivaling breast cancer—occurring annually. All of this is associated with a large economic and healthcare burden, as respiratory care comprised nearly 37% of all healthcare costs in 2011.* Yet despite these startling statistics, IPF hasn’t received the fanfare and funding of breast cancer and other chronic diseases.
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