First lady Margaret Kenyatta has called on Kenyans to embrace lifestyle change to combat diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

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Speaking on Thursday in Nyandarua, she emphasised on the importance of doing exercises in keeping the non-communicable diseases at bay.

"Let us be proactive and embrace healthy and active lifestyle. This way, we will help keep cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure at bay, " she urged.

The first lady also urged Kenyans to go for cancer screenings so that they can get treatment before it is too late. 

"Cancer screening for breast, cervical and prostrate saves lives. I am encouraged to see that today so many men and women have come out for the free screening, " she added.

Her words come in the wake of high profile cancer-related deaths that have brought back the disease to the public limelight.

Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore, Kibra MP Ken Okoth,  and Bomet Governor Dr Joyce Laboso all succumbed to cancer.

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta rattled off a list of interventions that the government had made to deal with non-communicable diseases.

She hailed the government's efforts in increasing the budgetary allocations for fighting cancer and increasing the number of chemotherapy and radiology centres across the country.