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Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) community emphasizes the power of united support for patients during IPF World Week 2013
Date:9/19/2013

F. The company is dedicated to working in close collaboration with top physicians, patients and the broader IPF community so that patients can ultimately look forward to new therapeutic options and better health outcomes.  The company proactively supports and endorses IPF World Week through action and support of the community.

European, American and Canadian IPF associations that are participating in IPF World Week will be posting their events on www.ipfworld.org.

About IPF Week
IPF World Week aims to raise awareness of IPF around the world and bring hope to those who live with the condition.

Winning entries of 2013 'Breath of Hope' photo contest:

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About IPF
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is an irreversible, unpredictable and ultimately fatal disease characterized by scarring (fibrosis) in the lungs, hindering the ability to process oxygen.  IPF inevitably leads to worsening lung function and exercise tolerance, and shortness of breath.  Every IPF patient follows a different and unpredictable course and it is not possible to predict if a patient will progress slowly or rapidly, or when the rate of decline may change.  Periods of transient clinical stability in IPF, should they occur, inevitably give way to continued disease progression.  The median survival time from diagnosis is two to five years,i with a five-year survival rate of approximately 20-40 percent,vi,vii which makes IPF more rapidly lethal than many cancers, including breast, ovarian and colorectal.viii,ix  IPF typically occurs in patients over the age of 45, and is more common in men than
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