Coronation Street star Sue Nicholls had her life "saved" by a fan who spotted a cancerous mole on her skin.
The star, who plays Audrey Roberts on the ITV cobbles, was diagnosed with malignant melanoma after a fan spotted a mysterious mole on her upper arm in one scene back in 2012.
In one scene, Audrey and her old flame Lewis were getting closer, with Audrey rocking only a sleeveless nightgown with her bare arms on display.
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But nurse Anna Bianconi-Moore spotted the worrying sign on her skin and got in touch with the programme to warn Sue to get it checked.
It was a good job she did, as the life-long mole turned out to have developed into the most deadly form of skin cancer.
She was referred to ITV’s medical team to have the mole measured, and when she returned months later she discovered it had grown, and was referred to a skin cancer specialist.
Thankfully, the mole was removed by a plastic surgeon after Sue’s diagnosis thanks to Anna’s quick thinking.
And in a sweet gesture, Sue met up with her on the cobbled Corrie set to thank her in person.
Speaking to MailOnline about her discovery, Anna explained at the time: “I noticed [the mole] was irregular in shape and had at least three different colours. 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.”
Anna added: “I didn’t want to be perceived as a deranged fan but I felt a moral obligation.”
Sue, meanwhile, told Metro: “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.
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“I’m a great believer in fate and in this case it was a positive fate that Anna happened to be watching that particular episode that evening.”
Finding melanoma at an early stage is crucial and can save your life. The NHS states that the first sign is a change in the appearance of a new or existing mole.
In most cases, melanomas have an irregular shape and are more than one colour.
The mole may also be larger than normal and can sometimes be itchy or bleed. It is important to look out for a mole that gradually changes shape, size or colour.
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