Gundersen Health System's Oncology Department welcomed a special visitor Friday.
Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch stopped by. Kleefisch is a 5 year survivor of colon cancer. She wanted to personally thank Wisconsin's medical professionals, especially those who work in oncology. She also hopes to act as an advocate for cancer prevention.
"If there's one thing I can personally urge people to do, it's get screened, for goodness sakes. If there are preventable cancers out there, let's get them, nip them in the bud while we absolutely can with those screening mechanisms," Kleefisch said.
"It's important that we have people who are advocates and who will start to be advocates for survivorship. Across our country the number of people living with cancer, cured of cancer increases by the day," Dr. Kurt Oettel, Medical Oncologist at Gundersen added.
Oettel said there are up to 15 million Americans today who are cancer survivors. Wisconsin ranks among the best in the nation for health care, second only to Minnesota.
Kleefisch said she's proud to have received care in Wisconsin hospitals.