Detect and Protect


Detect and Protect

Detect and Protect is the project that helped activate SCORA in Iraq in 2014. It’s an annual

project held every October, the breast awareness month.

Through Detect and Protect, students and Iraqi women get to learn about breast cancer and

how to perform the monthly self examination through workshops, lectures and public


Breast cancer is the leading cancer affecting women in Iraq. It has a fairly low prevalence when

compared to other countries yet a very high mortality rate due to lack of awareness and early



Through this project,ifmsa-­Iraq managed to do the first walking marathon in Abu­Nuas,

Baghdad to spread awareness with the help of a group of youth activists. Brochures were given

and the word was spread through media on the event and its significance to breast cancer

awareness, helping the message reach even further.


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