The prospect of a cancer diagnosis is scary for anyone – even someone with a medical background. Dr. Michelle Fiscus shares her personal experience with cancer and what she learned that may help other cancer patients with their own journeys.

Tennessee ranks 43rd for overall health when compared with other states according to the most recent America’s Health Rankings Annual Report. Dr. Karen Cassidy, Medical Director for UnitedHealthcare in Tennessee, talks about where Tennessee is making progress – and where our biggest health challenges still lie.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women. Doctor of Cardiology Fayaz Malik discusses heart health and how you can lower your risk of heart disease.

But heart disease can often be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their heart conditions. To lower your risk:
• Watch your weight
• Quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke
• Control your cholesterol and blood pressure
• If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation, and
• Get active and eat healthy.
To learn more about heart health, visit SaintThomasHeart.com.

Women who breastfeed have less of a risk of developing ovarian and breast cancer, heart disease and osteoporosis. And the longer a woman breastfeeds one or more children, the higher the benefit. In addition, breastfeeding a baby girl can actually reduce her lifetime risk of breast cancer by 25%. For more information, visit Komen.org and search for “breastfeeding.”