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World Services expanding cancer program in Russia

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A La Crosse program that helps assist Russia in tackling cancer, is expanding thanks to a grant.

Through the bridging cancer care program, Gundersen Lutheran Health System and World Services in La Crosse exchanges resources such as nurses and physicians with three cities in Russia.  Throughout the year, health officials from La Crosse will go to Russia and Russian health officials will come to Wisconsin.  Sandy McCormick is the CEO of World Services of La Crosse and she says an additional grant from Bristol-Meyers Squibb is helping expand the program.

"We're very excited about it. It's just a fantastic opportunity to help people in Russia and to provide people in the La Crosse area to have experiences with working with Russia so it's a win, win."

According to health officials in Russia, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the country.  The local bridging cancer program started in 2011 by a grant provided by Bristol- Meyers Squibb to improve patient education, cancer prevention and screenings for earlier diagnosis.

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