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European Cystic Fibrosis awareness day

22nd November 2006

The first European Cystic Fibrosis (CF) awareness day was held yesterday in order to raise the profile of the condition and its sufferers.

On Tuesday, awareness of the disease was promoted across the continent by the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

CF is Europe's most common, life-threatening inherited disease, which can be left undiagnosed for months, particularly in poorer countries in Europe, where symptoms may be less quickly recognised.

"The Cystic Fibrosis Trust welcomes this initiative to raise awareness of this complex, life-threatening condition across Europe, which we hope will persuade governments and health services throughout Europe to ensure those with CF are diagnosed and treated effectively," said Rosie Barnes, chief executive of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease which causes a block in the lungs, digestive system and other organs, leading to painful infections and premature death.

It claims the life of three young people in the UK every week.