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Park So Dam, the star of ‘Parasite,’ has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer

Park So Dam, the star of 'Parasite,' has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer

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  • South Korean actress Park So Dam has been diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer. 

Park So Dam, a South Korean actress who rose to international prominence thanks to her role in the Oscar-winning film “Parasite,” has been diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer.

Park, 30, was diagnosed during a routine health check and underwent surgery during a statement released by her agency, ArtistCompany, to CNN.

According to the National Health Service of the United Kingdom, papillary thyroid cancer is the most common type of thyroid cancer (NHS).

According to the NHS, it usually affects people under the age of 40, mostly women, and is easier to treat than other types of thyroid cancer.

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The NHS states on its website that “roughly 9 out of every 10 people are alive 5 years after a diagnosis of thyroid cancer.” “A large number of these have been cured and will live a normal life.”

Park’s illness has caused her to be “very disappointed” in her plans to promote her next film, “Special Delivery,” according to a statement from ArtistCompany.

“The company would like to thank everyone for their continued support of ‘Special Delivery’ and actress Park So Dam, as well as the cast and crew of ‘Special Delivery’ in overcoming this difficult time,” the agency said.

Park So Dam has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer
Park So Dam, has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Image from

“Actor Park So Dam will concentrate on her recovery so that she can see you all in good health in the future,” the statement continued. “ArtistCompany will also do everything possible to assist the actor in regaining her health.”

Park has appeared in several South Korean films, and television series, including “The Priests” (2015) and “The Silenced” (2015), but her breakthrough role came in the global hit “Parasite” in 2019.

In February 2020, the film, directed by Bong Joon Ho, became the first non-English-language and first South Korean film to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

Park portrays Kim Ki Jung, a young woman from a poor family who poses as an art therapist to gain employment as a teacher for the children of a wealthy family.

Source: CTV News

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