Alberta women warned of 'misleading' calls about breast-screening exams

Eight women in north-central Alberta have received "misleading" calls from someone who claims to be from a medical imaging centre, asking them to perform breast self-exams while they remain on the phone, Alberta Health Services is warning.

AHS advises those who are suspicious to hang up, note the time and contact local police

Women in north-central Alberta have received "misleading" calls from someone who claims to be from a medical imaging centre, AHS says.

Eight women in north-central Alberta have received "misleading" calls from someone who claims to be from a medical imaging centre, asking them to perform breast self-exams while they remain on the phone, Alberta Health Services is warning.

The women, who were in the Edmonton, Barrhead and Athabasca areas, were told the caller was doing follow-ups on breast screening exams, AHS said.

"Although AHS representatives may call to discuss a mammography appointment, they will never ask a patient to conduct a breast self-exam over the phone," AHS said Tuesday in a news release.

Women who get such calls should hang up, note the time and any other call details, and immediately contact local police on their non-emergency line, AHS said. 

Anyone uncomfortable with calling police, or uncertain about whether the call is legitimate, is asked to contact the AHS screening program client support line at 1-866-727-3926.

AHS said it has informed police and RCMP.