Disease Cards

Disease Cards for Family Members (Make copies for each team)
Hodgkin's lymphoma — previously known as Hodgkin's
disease - cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of your immune
system. Patients with Hodgkin’s lymphoma have to be careful when they
come in contact with other people who have infectious diseases or areas
with elements (contaminated water) which could cause infectious disease.
In Hodgkin's lymphoma, cells in the lymphatic system grow abnormally and
can spread past the lymphatic system. As Hodgkin's lymphoma
progresses, it hinders your body's ability to fight infection. (Ref. Mayo
Asthma- is a condition in which your airways narrow and swell and
produce extra mucus. This illness makes breathing difficult and triggers
coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Common things that trigger
asthma are secondhand smoke, dust mites, mold, cockroaches, pets,
nitrogen dioxide, and air pollution.
For some people, asthma is a minor nuisance. For others, it can be a
major problem that interferes with daily activities and may lead to a lifethreatening asthma attack. (Ref. Mayo Clinic)
Albinism- inherited disorder, results in little or no production of the
pigment melanin. The type and amount of melanin your body produces
determines the color of your skin, hair & eyes. Most people with albinism
are sensitive to sun exposure and are at a higher risk of developing skin
cancer. All forms of albinism cause problems with the development and
function of the eyes. Many people with albinism are legally blind by
elementary school age.
Although there's no cure for albinism, people with the disorder can take
steps to improve vision and avoid too much sun exposure. Albinism
doesn't limit intellectual development, though people with albinism often
feel socially isolated and may experience discrimination. (Ref. Mayo Clinic)