Kibra Member Parliament Ken Okoth passes on

Written By: Christine Muchira/Khalid
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Kibra Member of Parliament Ken Okoth has succumbed to Colorectal Cancer hours after being admitted to an Intensive Care Unit at a Nairobi Hospital. 

Okoth has passed on at the age of 41 years.

The body has been transferred to Lee Funeral home but the family has requested for privacy as they make funeral arrangements.

He had been admitted at the Nairobi Hospital ICU Unit.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has eulogized Okoth as an astute legislator.

He described Hon. Kenneth Okoth as a courageous and illustrious servant of the people who sacrificed personal comfort to serve the country with commitment and dedication, especially the residents of Kibra Constituency.

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Messages of condolences continue to stream in with leaders celebrating him as a visionary leader.

The 41-year-old had been battling with Stage 4 colon cancer and sought treatment in France.

Last year, Okoth expressed his intentions to introduce a Bill to decriminalize the growth and use of cannabis, also known as marijuana.

The legislator wrote to national assembly speaker Justin Muturi to petition for the legalization of the herb’s use in the country.

What is colorectal Cancer?

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.

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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.

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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.

 

More to follow….

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