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'Coronation Street' star Sue Nicholls meets viewer who saved her life

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Coronation Street's Sue Nicholls has finally met the viewer who saved her life last year.

Anna Bianconi-Moore, a nurse in the dermatology department of Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, was watching the soap last autumn when she spotted a mole on Nicholls's shoulder.

Audrey Roberts (Sue Nicholls) and Maria Connor (Samia Smith)

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"I noticed it was irregular in shape and had at least three different colours that I could distinguish by standing close to the television," Bianconi-Moore told The Mail on Sunday.

"These are two of the red-flag signals that distinguish the most deadly form of skin cancer - malignant melanoma.

"I was obviously incredibly worried for Sue, and felt I needed to do something."

The 55-year-old immediately went online, found an email address and contacted the show.

"I wrote that I had observed a sinister-looking lesion and suggested that Sue should see a specialist, sooner rather than later, as it may require urgent attention," said the nurse.

"I didn't want to be perceived as a deranged fan but I felt a moral obligation. If you saw a person about to step out in front of a bus, you would pull them back and that is how I felt."

Sue Nicholls, Corrie

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Lewish gives Audrey a necklace

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Bianconi-Moore was told that her message had been passed to the soap's in-house medical team, who measured the actress's mole before checking a few months later to see if it had grown.

When the mole was found to be a quarter of an inch larger, Nicholls - who plays Audrey Roberts - was referred to a skin cancer specialist, who decided that it should be removed.

A week after having the procedure, Nicholls's surgeon contacted her to say that the mole had indeed turned into melanoma.

ITV eventually contacted Bianconi-Moore late last year, updated her on the situation and invited her to the Coronation Street set to meet Nicholls.

"When I found out what had happened to Sue, I was sorry I had been right, but there was also an element of relief," she said.

"I'm so glad I was able to do something, and she is now well."

Nicholls said: "It was so important to me to meet Anna, and thank her. She is such a kind, conscientious and clever lady.

"I wouldn't have done anything about my mole had she not got in touch. It was just a freckle, and I'd had it forever." Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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