Coronation Street star Sue Nicholls has met the viewer who helped save 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.
Bianconi-Moore told the Mail on Sunday: "I noticed it was irregular in shape and had at least three different colours that I could distinguish by standing close to the television.
"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 nurse went online, and found an address to contact the Weatherfield soap.
She said: "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.
"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."
Anna was told that the actress was being checked by the in-house medial team.
The doctors measured the mole and then again a few months later to see if it had grown.
After it was discovered to be a quarter of an inch larger, Nicholls was referred to a cancer specialist.
The mole as removed and was discovered to be cancerous.
ITV contacted Bianconi-Moore late last year to invite her to the set to meet Nicholls.
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."
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