What is IPF?

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or IPF, is a serious disease that causes the lungs to become permanently scarred. This scarring makes it difficult to breathe and—eventually—the lungs can’t inhale enough oxygen for the body to function.

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Facts about IPF

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CAN BE LIFE-THREATENING

IPF kills around 40,000 people in the US each year—just as many as breast cancer.

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IS NOT EASILY RECOGNIZED

Some doctors may not easily recognize the signs of IPF. It often takes a team of specialists to make an IPF diagnosis.

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IS DECEPTIVE

IPF shares many symptoms with more common conditions, meaning it’s easily—and often—misdiagnosed.

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CAN BE LIFE-THREATENING

kills around 40,000 people in the US each year—just as many as breast cancer.

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Stethoscope question mark

IS NOT EASILY RECOGNIZED

Some doctors may not easily recognize the signs of IPF. It often takes a team of specialists to make an IPF diagnosis.

IPF image
Looking at lungs

IS DECEPTIVE

IPF shares many symptoms with more common conditions, meaning it’s easily—and often—misdiagnosed.

WHAT ARE POSSIBLE SYMPTOMS OF IPF?

Below is a list of the possible symptoms of IPF. Remember, IPF affects everyone differently—meaning people with IPF will not necessarily experience all the symptoms listed below.

Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath

Feeling breathless during activity or even at rest.

Persistent, dry cough

Persistent, dry, hacking cough

A cough that doesn’t produce phlegm and won’t go away.

Fatigued and light activity

Fatigue

Feeling tired—even after light activity.

Clubbing or widening of fingertips

Clubbing or widening of the fingertips

Fingertips widen—making them appear rounder than usual.

Unexplained weight loss

Unexplained weight loss

Weight loss that can’t be attributed to diet or exercise.

Sleeping difficulties

Sleeping difficulties

Trouble sleeping due to issues like sleep apnea or coughing.

Bernie Williams IPF Story

BERNIE'S STORY

BERNIE'S STORY

Four-time World Series champion, New York Yankees legend, and Latin Grammy nominee Bernie Williams lost his father to IPF. See how the disease changed Bernie’s life—and how Bernie is fighting to change the lives of those living with IPF today through events like the Breathless Blowout game days. Bernie is hosting these events at select Minor League Baseball™ games across the country in honor of those living with IPF.

Becoming an IPF advocate

Watch Bernie Williams share his father's IPF story and how his experience with the disease led him to become an IPF advocate.

Taking charge of IPF

Hear what Bernie Williams and Dr. Marilyn Glassberg, a pulmonologist, have to say about taking charge of your health by working with your doctor and continuing to push for answers.

The caregiver's role

See how Hiram, Bernie Williams' brother, helped to provide the care and support his father needed while living with IPF.

SPREAD THE WORD

Each and every one of us has a role in spreading the word about IPF. Below you’ll find an assortment of shareable cards that touch on everything from IPF statistics, to symptoms, to misdiagnosis.

Share these cards with your social network—or even directly with those who are showing symptoms—to help raise awareness of the disease and maybe help those who are searching for answers reach a diagnosis sooner.

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SIMPLY CLICK ON THE CARD THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE.

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TAKE THE NEXT STEP

Learn more about IPF and how it’s diagnosed or read about a treatment option.

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TAKE THE NEXT STEP

Learn more about IPF and how it’s diagnosed or read about a treatment option.