One in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her lifetime.
Donna Dwire received her diagnoses about eight years ago. The registered nurse had a family history of the disease. Her experience led her to change careers as she is now a certified breast cancer navigator at Sanford Health.
“One of the reasons I went into this is I was a breast cancer survivor myself,” said Dwire. “I wanted to make or have some purpose of what we’ve gone through in my family and make some sense of it. It’s a way to pay it forward because we’ve had some great care in the past.”
Nurse navigators guide patients and their families through their cancer battle. Dwire acknowledges she was fearful about her future at the time of her diagnosis. She sees that same anxiety in those she now works with and is able to assure them they’re in good hands.
“You know, 94 to 96 percent of the women who walk through the door with breast cancer will be breast cancer survivors,” said Dwire.
Learn more about breast cancer and current treatments in this podcast edition of “A Better You,” which airs Saturday on KSOO-AM.
Sanford Health is one of the largest health care systems in the nation, with 44 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and serving the Upper Midwest, with nearly 1,400 physicians, Sanford Health is dedicated to several initiatives, including global children’s clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. Sanford Health has 28,000 employees, making it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford over the past decade have transformed how Sanford Health can improve the human condition. For information, visit sanfordhealth.org.