Friday, April 10, 2009

Health Reminder: Changes in Appearance of a Mole

Typical, Harmless Mole?
(Image from Wikipedia)

Trevor, who blogs at Kalebeul and lives in Spain, has posted a fascinating investigation into the significance of moles in religion, literature, and culture that approaches the topic rather more broadly than my own (though he is kind enough to mention my posts).

Though his post does not focus on the issue of bodily health, we should also note that whatever the metaphorical significance of moles in religion, literature, or culture, we should never forget that they are also physical growths on our bodies and should be watched carefully for any physical changes that could signal a transformation from benign to malignant.

For instance, the above image from Wikipedia's entry on moles illustrates a typical mole reminiscent of the benign, life-giving nipple that offers us nothing less than the sweet milk of maternal kindness.

Be not fooled.

That 'harmless' mole can suddenly change into a large, dark, hair-covered, malignant one like the mole depicted below:

Atypical, Malignant Mole!
(Image from Wikipedia)

Obviously not benign, such a mole as this one can spread from your body to your garden and wreak havoc in your lawn, burrowing everywhere in its insatiable desire to fill its greedy maw! As Wikipedia informs us:
Moles burrow lawns, raising molehills, and killing the lawn, for which they are sometimes considered pests. They can undermine plant roots, indirectly causing damage or death.
Yes, even death! Moles can kill. Take them very seriously. If they are not stopped, they can even undermine an entire country by compromising its security.

Therefore, if you notice a radical change in a mole, seek medical attention immediately!

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At 5:02 AM, Anonymous trevor said...

If we weren't cruising over the edge of the financial world at a rate of knots we might have been able to unload a crackpot Derrida-style tract along the lines of "Moles and the fate of the West" on some poor unsuspecting publisher.

At 5:04 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I was thinking the same thing. Perhaps we could ask Stanley Fish for advice.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 11:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate your humor, but I don't think my sister-in-law would. She has a medical condition which causes the growth of precancerous moles. She is in her early thirties, and so far has had more than 25 moles removed from all over her body. She must be examined regularly by her physician to spot and remove new potentially deadly moles.

At 2:34 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Yes, I imagine that she wouldn't find this bit of humor especially appealing. I suppose that there's a potential risk with nearly every joke.

I'm sorry to hear about her condition, by the way. It must be dreadful to have that problem.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 5:35 PM, Anonymous Michael Mauman said...

Just a quick note to explain, in reference to bodily health, why I haven't been posting lately on your always interesting site: Since February I have had pneumonia, a heart attack, and now gout.

I remember having better months.

At 6:22 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Michael, I'm very distressed to hear this. I had simply assumed that you were busy. I'll contact you by email.

Jeffery Hodges

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