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    What causes cystic fibrosis?

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    Amanda Deadman

    Social Worker

    As a Social Worker for Cystic Fibrosis NSW I am able to provide support, education and information for those who have been diagnosed with CF.I … View Profile

    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited recessive genetic condition. 1 in 25 people of caucasian background are carriers and often they don't know this. People from other ethnic backgrounds also carry CF genes but it is less common.
     If a child is born with CF, it means that both parents must be carriers of the gene. However just because both parents are carriers of the gene this does not mean that the baby will 100% be born with CF.
    1 in 4 chance that the baby will have CF
    2 in 4 chance the baby will be a genetic carrier of CF.
    1 in 4 chance that the baby will NOT have CF and will not be a carrier of the gene.

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