Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is considered a rare disease. However, better diagnosis techniques and increased awareness about IPF may be helping to identify more people who have the disease. Like many rare diseases, it is somewhat difficult to get a precise estimate of how many people have IPF.
- Today, approximately 100,000 people in the United States are living with IPF
- Each year, about 42,000 more people aged 65 and older are diagnosed with IPF
Age is a risk factor
IPF typically affects people aged 50 and older. However, IPF has been diagnosed in early adulthood as well.