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Should this be moved to the apparently more widely-used name of alpha-Chlorohydrin? Fvasconcellos (t·c) 23:57, 22 October 2008 (UTC)

How carcinogenic?[edit]

Having grown up under the umbrella of California's Proposition 65 - which mandated giant "CANCER" billboards on any supermarket that dared to stock goods containing saccharin during the years when Monsanto's product aspartame was still under patent - I have grown weary of seeing things proclaimed "carcinogenic" with little offered in terms of explaining either by what mechanism the cancer occurs, or at what chronic dosages cancer can be expected at a certain frequency, in a certain animal, etc.. basically I want to know where this stuff sits on the cancer scale: Say used motor oil, benzene vapor, and radioactive waste are on one end of the scale, with bad lifestyle decisions in the middle, and excess sunshine at the lowest end (uv causes a cancer easily detected, easily removed, and slow growing even when it does, has other health benefits when it doesn't cause cancer, etc.) ... how bad is this stuff?

Is there any natural mechanism for dealing with its presence in the body? Is the mechanism itself toxic? I only ask because this particular molecule isn't too far outside of what can be expected from natural processes, if something goes wrong at some point. It seems like something that could hypothetically be produced as a result of bacteria eating puke off of rocks on a sunny day, for example. Zaphraud (talk) 05:41, 5 February 2012 (UTC)