south korean actress Park Su Dam, who became famous all over the world for her participation in the award-winning film OscarAnd “parasite”, was diagnosed with papillary carcinoma, a type of thyroid cancer.
Park, 30, was diagnosed during a routine check-up and had already undergone surgery to remove the tumor, her professional agency, ArtistCompany, revealed in a statement sent to CNN This Monday (13).
Papillary cancer is the most common type of thyroid cancer, according to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). It usually affects people under the age of 40, especially women, and tends to be easier to treat than other types.
“Nearly 9 in 10 people are alive 5 years after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer,” the NHS says on its website. “Many of them have recovered and will have a normal life.”
Park’s illness has disrupted the actress’ plans to promote her upcoming movie “Special Delivery,” leaving her “extremely frustrated,” ArtistCompany said in a statement. “We would like to thank everyone once again for supporting ‘Special Delivery’ and actress Park So Dam (…). The actress will focus on her recovery so that she can be healthy in the future. ArtistCompany will also do everything in its power to help you recover.”
Park has appeared in a number of South Korean films and TV series, including “The Priests” (2015) and “The Silenced” (2015), but he featured the worldwide hit “Parasite” of 2019.
The film, directed by Bong Joon Ho, became the first non-English language film and the first South Korean film to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards in February 2020.
Park plays Kim Ki Jung, a young woman from a poor family who pretends to be an art therapist to get a job educating the children of a wealthy family.
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