Screen newborn babies in Prince Edward Island for cystic fibrosis

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One in 3,600 babies born in Canada has cystic fibrosis (CF), the most common fatal genetic disease affecting children and young adults in Canada. Cystic fibrosis is a multi-system disease affecting primarily the lungs and digestive system, causing severe respiratory problems and making it difficult to absorb nutrients from food. Virtually all deaths caused by cystic fibrosis are due to lung disease. There is no cure.

Earlier diagnosis means earlier treatment to prevent irreversible damage to the lungs and digestive system. Newborn screening for cystic fibrosis has been proven to lead to improved weight gain, cognitive function, respiratory and digestive function in babies and children with the disease. 

That’s why CF newborn screening is currently the standard of care in North America with the exception of Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Mexico. Newborn screening for CF is also the standard of care in all fifty states in the U.S., much of the European Union, and Australia and New Zealand.

We call on decision-makers and legislators in Prince Edward Island to support this initiative. Every child born with this devastating disease deserves a healthier start at life.

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