The Illinois Lottery game benefitting breast cancer is once again under way. It’s called Ticket for the Cure, and this is the 11th annual, with past editions having raised $10.4 million for breast cancer study and outreach across the state. Some of the groups that receive the money use it to see that women who would not otherwise get mammograms get them, says Dr. Anne Marie Murphy, director of the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force.
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“When your cancer is found early by a mammogram, your chance of survival, if you get all the right care, is about 98 percent, but it plummets if you don’t get into care on time, and if you don’t get the right care,” she said. It’s a $2 scratch-off ticket that’s expected to raise $700,000 this year for breast cancer research, detection and prevention. This is the only lottery game in the U.S. benefitting breast cancer research and support.