Kenyans on Twitter Tuesday sent Kibra Member of Parliament Ken Okoth some good will messages and prayers after he shared a photo of himself as he continuous to battle stage four colorectal cancer (colon cancer).
Okoth shared the photo after one of his followers inquired about his health and in his reply he said stated that the procedure was affecting his skin but he is not giving up.
In February this year, the 41-year-old MP announced that he had been diagnosed with stage four Colorectal cancer with metastases to the liver and which was incurable.
Here are some of the messages:
Colorectal cancer is a cancer that starts in the colon or the rectum. These cancers can also be named colon cancer or rectal cancer, depending on where they start. Colon cancer and rectal cancer are often grouped together because they have many features in common.(According to American Cancer Society)
Researchers have found several factors that can increase a person’s risk of colorectal cancer, but it’s not yet clear exactly how all of these factors might cause this cancer.
Cancer is caused by changes in the DNA inside our cells. DNA is the chemical in our cells that makes up our genes, which control how our cells function. We usually look like our parents because they are the source of our DNA. But DNA affects more than just how we look.
Some genes help control when our cells grow, divide into new cells, and die:
- Certain genes that help cells grow, divide, and stay alive are called oncogenes.
- Genes that help keep cell division under control or cause cells to die at the right time are called tumor suppressor genes.
Cancers can be caused by DNA mutations (changes) that turn on oncogenes or turn off tumor suppressor genes. This leads to cells growing out of control. Changes in many different genes are usually needed to cause colorectal cancer.
A risk factor is anything that affects your chance of getting a disease such as cancer. Different cancers have different risk factors. Some risk factors, like smoking, can be changed. Others, like a person’s age or family history, can’t be changed.
But having a risk factor, or even many, does not mean that you will get the disease. And some people who get the disease may not have any known risk factors.
Researchers have found several risk factors that might increase a person’s chance of developing colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the MP #WeShallOvercome.