Researchers on Tuesday reported another record one-year decline in the U.S. cancer death rate, a drop they attribute to success against lung cancer.
The overall cancer death rate has been falling since 1991. From 2017 to 2018, it fell 2.4%, according to an American Cancer Society report, topping the record 2.2% drop reported the year before.
Lung cancer accounted for almost half of the overall decline in cancer deaths in the past five years, the society reported.
Most lung cancer cases are tied to smoking, and decades of declining smoking rates have led to falling rates of lung cancer illnesses and deaths. But experts say the drop in deaths has been accelerated by refinements in surgery, better diagnostic scanning, more precise use of radiation and the impact of newer drugs.
Cancer remains the country’s second leading cause of death, after heart disease. An estimated 1.9 million new U.S. cancer cases will be diagnosed this year. Nearly 609,000 Americans will die from cancer, the society estimates.
The Massachusetts home where Lizzie Borden’s father and step-mother were murdered with an ax has been listed for sale.
The three-story Fall River clapboard house that has been converted into a museum and bed and breakfast was listed for sale online at an asking price of $2 million, The Boston Globe reported.
Borden was charged and acquitted for the murders. The murders were never officially solved.
The listing agent and part-time tour guide at the museum, Suzanne St. John, said the owners are retiring after 15 years and that the sale is a “turnkey” opportunity.
The potential buyer would own the home, the bed and breakfast website, intellectual property, and merchandise sold at the museum.
“We are hoping that someone will come in and buy it and keep it as a bed and breakfast and for tours,” St. John said. “It’s one of the most visited tourist attractions in New England.”
Last year another one of Borden’s homes, a seven-bedroom house known as “Maplecroft,” was listed on the market and is still for sale, St. John said.
The listing for the site of the double murder says that both homes can be purchased together.
A Kansas game warden is getting attention for a video that shows him firing a single shot from a handgun to disentangle the antlers of two whitetail stags.
The Kansas Wildlife, Parks & Tourism agency released the video from the warden’s body camera showing his sharpshooting skills earlier this month. Neither deer was hurt in the effort.
The agency said a bowhunter recently contacted a game warden to report the entangled deer in rural Kansas. The agency did not specify where. Two game wardens responded and after some time, were able to throw a towel over the ensnared animals’ heads to get them to freeze.
One warden is then seen taking careful aim before firing and shooting part of one deer’s antler off. The startled animals, suddenly free, bound off in opposite directions.
Stags commonly fight and occasionally become entangled, but are usually able to release themselves.