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Chinese Fortune-Telling Based on Face and Body Mole Positions: A Hidden Agenda Regarding Mole Removal

Therdpong Tempark, MD; Tor Shwayder, MD
Arch Dermatol. 2012;148(6):772-773. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2012.949.
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We were asked to remove moles from the faces of 2 Chinese children whose parents were born in mainland China. It was only after learning about their belief in Chinese mole reading did we understand their insistence. According to this belief, mole position, shape, size, and color have fortune-telling weight. The Thai of Chinese descent call this type of fortune-telling Ngao Heng.

Correspondence: Dr Shwayder, Department of Dermatology, Henry Ford Hospital, 3031 W Grand Blvd, Ste 800, Detroit, MI 48202 (TShwayd1@hfhs.org).

Author Contributions: Drs Tempark and Shwayder had full access to all the data in the study and take responsibility for the integrity of the data and the accuracy of the data analysis.

Financial Disclosure: None reported.

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Figure 1. A 12-year-old Chinese boy with a nevocellular nevus on the right nasolabial fold.

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Figure 2. A facial mole–reading map (our own) based on http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/FaceMoleReading.htm. Our cases could be interpreted as “Tend to have problems related to diet or food,” “Tend to have foot problems,” and/or “Need to prevent water-related accidents.”

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