How common is Pulmonary Fibrosis?

The number of people with pulmonary fibrosis is difficult to estimate due to the complexity of the disease and its relation to other conditions.

In the United States it is estimated that

  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) could affect up to 200,000 people
  • Approximately 50,000 new patients are diagnosed with IPF each year

In the United Kingdom the figures are smaller, mostly due to the smaller population.

  • Approximately 5,000 new patients are diagnosed with IPF each year

So in the grand scale of diseases, Pulmonary Fibrosis is not hugely common. However it is a serious disease which requires complex medical scare and can be a huge burden on patients and family members.