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Gov. Scott Walker announces cancer treatment investment in Green Bay


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker unveiled another initiative inside his two-year budget proposal.

During a stop at Saint Vincent Hospital in Green Bay Thursday, Governor Walker announced a $3.75 million state taxpayer investment in the UW Carbone Cancer Center Investment to accelerate the development of and access to cutting-edge molecular imaging technology developed by the Center.

“Cancer is one of Wisconsin’s deadliest health problems,” said the Republican Walker.  “This investment will leverage investment in the private sector to help the Wisconsin Oncology Network of Imaging Excellence, which will provide better access to diagnostics and treatment in rural areas. I am hopeful by making targeted investments the state can partner with the private sector to ensure Wisconsin remains on the cutting edge of healthcare systems.”

Walker’s budget proposal supports the creation of the Wisconsin Oncology Network of Imaging Excellence, along with funding imaging research related equipment and expansion of the Wisconsin Oncology Network. 

The Wisconsin Oncology Network has more than 20 partners across the Badger State. State health officials say more than 11,000 Wisconsinites were killed by cancer in 2010. 

Walker says the goal is to draw a match number from private donors at or above the public investment.