South Korean actress Park So Dam, 30, has been diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer.
The “Parasite” star rose to international fame for her outstanding role in the Academy Award-winning thriller directed by Bong Joon Ho.
Representatives for her ArtistC Company said in a statement to CNN that Park learned of her diagnosis after she had a recent medical exam with her doctor and later underwent surgery to remove the cancerous mass.
Papillary thyroid cancer is the most common type of thyroid cancer, affecting fewer than 200,000 Americans each year, mostly between ages 30 and 50, and affecting more women than men. Those with Asian roots are also more likely to develop the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute.
Well-differentiated tumors [associated with papillary thyroid cancer] “It is treatable and usually treatable,” the organization said.
Park is “extremely disappointed” as she sits on the promotional tour for her next starring role in South Korean crime drama “Special Delivery,” which will premiere in January 2022, according to an ArtistCompany statement.
The agency said, “The company would once again like to thank all the people for showing their support for ‘Special Delivery’ and actress Park So Dam, as well as the actors and crew of ‘Special Delivery’ who together have overcome this difficult time.”
They added, “Actress Park So Dam will focus on her recovery so that she can see you all in good health in the future, and ArtistCompany will do everything we can to help the actress regain her health.”
Park’s career in South Korean film spans years, but world fame came with “Parasite,” in which she played Kim Ki-joong, a young con artist hired by a wealthy family when she pretends to be an outstanding art therapist — in a scheme to help her family during financial hardship. .
The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2020 – the first award given to a film in a language other than English and the first to a South Korean film.