Each year, about 35,000 people in Europe are diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), with approximately 5000 new cases in the UK, and the number increasing every year. 

From the 15th-23rd September, Royal Papworth Charity will be participating in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis World Week. IPF Week aims to raise awareness and understanding for this poorly understood, fatal lung disease.

With no cure and little explanation for the causes of Pulmonary Fibrosis, IPF Week is essential to spreading awareness of the horrible disease!

IPF is a lung disease that affects the transfer of oxygen and carbon dioxide to and from the lungs and bloodstream. With the build up of scar tissue, oxygen is harder to pass to where it is needed between the lungs and body.

Often patients are left feeling short of breath, which slowly gets worse and worse, as their illness develops. The term 'idiopathic' means that the cause of IPF is a progressive, scaring lung disease that is incurable. This impacts many patients lives, as daily activities begin to become more strenuous, such as walking up stairs and getting dressed.

On average, an individual with IPF has a life expectancy of 3-4 years.

People over the age of 50 tend to be patients that arrive at Royal Papworth Hospital. Often more men than women.

Studies demonstrate that IPF is more common in people who have smoked and have been associated and exposed to wood or metal dust. 

The number of people diagnosed with IPF are increasing globally every year, but we do not understand why this is happening. Therefore, it is very important that during IPF Week, together with our supporters, Royal Papworth Charity raise awareness for this destructive illness. And with the construction of the HLRI, a heart and Lung Research Institute that will bring together expert lung and heart researchers from around Europe to find new treatments and cures, we can combat IPF.

For more information regarding Pulmonary Fibrosis, Royal Papworth have links with Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis who offer more detail on your nearest support group, advice and guidance on understanding IPF. Visit, https://www.actionpulmonaryfibrosis.org/