Comedian Eric Omondi and News Anchor Lillian Muli are set to share a stage on Thursday, February 15.

The two will be headlining the first anniversary of childhood cancer awareness courtesy of the Texas Centre.

 

The facility is located along Mbagathi road on the Ole Sangale Road.

The duo will be in action alongside the Uwezo Support Group.

Kids at the facility will be giving out valentine flowers and gifts as part of raising awareness on cancer in kids.

The causes of most childhood cancers are not known. About 5 percent of all cancers in children are caused by an inherited mutation (a genetic mutation that can be passed from parents to their children).

Most cancers in children, like those in adults, are thought to develop as a result of mutations in genes that lead to uncontrolled cell growth and eventually cancer.

Unlike adult cancers, about 80% of childhood cancers are potentially curable if diagnosed early and appropriate treatment promptly instituted.

However, only an estimated 20-30% of children treated for cancer at the Kenya experience long term disease-free survival.

Seek more professional opinion of your child has the following

. Most children with cancer are noticed because of an enlarging mass, but other signs and symptoms can be subtle or confusing, leading to delays in early diagnosis and commencement of treatment.

. For example, leukemias often present as recurrent infections, bleeding tendencies and anaemia whereas enlargement of lymph nodes,large spleen and liver characterize lymphoma presentation.

Solid tumors present as visible or concealed lumps. Certain cancers may however present with specific signs like white pupil in retinoblastoma (eye cancer)

Early diagnosis and timely referral of children with cancer from peripheral health care facilities to treatment centres are key prerequisite for a good outcome.

Delay in treatment leads to widespread disease and more care costs.