Kim Woo Bin Reflects on His Battle With Nasopharyngeal Cancer and Calls It “The Gift From Above”

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Kim Woo Bin shared his experience of battling nasopharyngeal cancer on tvN’s You Quiz on the Block.


The actor was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and fully recovered in 2019. Reflecting on the challenging days he faced during his illness, he said, “I felt saddened that I had been living too much for the future,” and shared that he is currently making efforts to enjoy the present moment.

Kim Woo Bin revealed that although he felt scared and frightened at the time, he never thought, “What if I can’t overcome the disease?” However, he did have concerns about whether he could return to work on set. He confessed that he viewed that period as a “vacation granted by the heavens” with a positive mindset. “I am generally a positive person, and since I hadn’t taken a break and had been busy all this time, I thought perhaps it’s a gift from above, a chance for me to take a break and prioritize my health. It was very helpful,” he said. He also mentioned that he began to cherish his family more, especially during that time.

Kim Woo Bin mentioned his appearance as a presenter at the 40th Blue Dragon Film Awards, which took place approximately three years after his battle with illness. He expressed that he wanted to fulfill his promise to fans by greeting them in good health, and the Blue Dragon Film Awards became the moment where he could keep that promise.

Furthermore, Kim Woo Bin expressed his sincere thoughts and heartfelt prayers for those who are battling the illness, stating that for the past four years, he has been praying with the hope that the support and prayers he received would reach even just one person.

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