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Who can get idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)?

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About 48,000 people get it each year in the U.S. It can happen at any age, but most people learn they have it when they're between 50 and 75. More men get IPF than women, and men tend to get diagnosed at a later, more serious stage of the disease.

IPF can run in families. Some people with the disease have one or more relatives who have it. In these cases, it's known as familial IPF.

SOURCES:

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis: "Facts About Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: "About PF."

American Lung Association.

Genetic Home Reference (U.S. National Library of Medicine).

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

SOURCES:

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis: "Facts About Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation: "About PF."

American Lung Association.

Genetic Home Reference (U.S. National Library of Medicine).

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on April 22, 2018

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