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Advanced Imaging Sponsors Big Sky Film Festival’s Documentary, “Baring It All”

Feb 20, 2012

Women who find themselves scarred by breast cancer seldom tell their very personal stories. The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is known for showing rarely seen footage. In that spirit, a new documentary, “Baring It All,” reveals the heart-wrenching stories of young women fighting breast cancer. On Saturday, February 25, at 3:30 p.m. at the Big Sky Film Festival, Advanced Imaging will sponsor the short documentary’s showing at The Wilma as part of its mission to support breast cancer awareness.

“Surviving breast cancer and living with the scars that remain — especially to those affected at a young age — can be devastating,” said Michelle Weaver-Knowles, RNC and a breast cancer survivor. Weaver-Knowles also works with other women cancer survivors as a Breast Health Navigator at Advanced Imaging/Community Medical Center. “This unique film reveals the story of young women impacted by cancer. By telling their stories through photography, they are not only educating us but empowering themselves as well.”

“Baring It All” follows fashion photographer David Jay after his friend loses her breast to cancer at the age of 32. They deal with it the only way David knows how — by taking his friend’s picture. In the process David creates a photographic portrait series of other young breast cancer survivors, ages 18 to 35, determined to restore their faith in life and their own beauty.

“Some of the featured women in the film don’t have a family history of breast cancer or any other known risk factors, which shows how important early breast cancer detection is for women of all ages,” said Cathy Palmer, manager of Advanced Imaging, the Missoula-based medical imaging services provider.

The American Cancer Society makes the following recommendations for early breast cancer detection in women without breast symptoms:

  • Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam as part of their regular health exam by a health professional every three years. Starting at age 40, women should have a clinical breast exam by a health professional every year.
  • Women age 40 and older should have a mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.
  • Breast self-examination is an option for women, starting in their 20s. Women should report any breast changes to their health professional right away.
  • Women at high risk should consult with their health professional on increased screening procedures, such as annual breast MRIs or mammograms before the age of 40. Visit http://www.cancer.org for detailed screening recommendations and risk factors.

“If breast cancer can be detected early, especially before it spreads to other parts of the body, it can be treated much more effectively,” said Palmer, “and the woman’s chance for survival greatly increases. That’s why it’s so important for women to make their health a priority and not procrastinate.”

More information about “Baring It All” and the trailer can be viewed at http://on.fb.me/AIBaringAll. Visit http://www.bigskyfilmfest.org for ticket information. Note: the images are beautiful yet challenging and not appropriate for children.

About Advanced Imaging

Advanced Imaging is an independent provider of medical imaging services, owned and operated by a team of local radiologists and Community Medical Center in Missoula, Montana. Its combination of technology, skilled technologists, highly trained radiologists and excellent patient service has made it the region's preferred provider for diagnostic imaging. Advanced Imaging is located on the Community Medical Center campus, with a branch digital mammography facility on North Reserve Street. http://www.advancedimagingofmt.com






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