Elaine Jin's shocking cancer diagnosis... for the second time in two years

Who is Elaine Jin?
Personal life
Leaving Taiwan
Unconventional acting beginnings in Hong Kong
Transition to mainstream media
Fame across borders
Veteran status in Hong Kong’s showbiz
As prolific as other A-listers
Biggest screen hits
Also on the small screen
Awards
Bad news from a routine pap smear test
Bad news during the 2019 Lunar new year
News only revealed to a few
Making the best out of the situation
Winning the battle against cervical cancer
Bad news from routine breast checkup
Surgery and treatment for breast cancer
Hoping others can learn from her two experiences
Early detection saved Elaine Jin's life
Who is Elaine Jin?

Elaine Jin, also known as Elaine Kam, is a Hong Kong and Taiwanese actress and is considered one of Hong Kong’s veteran film stars.

Personal life

Born in 1954 in Taiwan, Elaine Jin started out her career in showbiz as a singer after winning second place in a singing competition.

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Leaving Taiwan

Deciding on another career path, Elaine Jin moved to Hong Kong to start a career in acting in 1973.

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Unconventional acting beginnings in Hong Kong

The then-acting hopeful took on unusual gigs upon her arrival in Hong Kong. Elaine Jin starred in intimate films and was most notably featured as one of the lead actresses in director Lu Qi's 'Faces of a Woman'.

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Transition to mainstream media

Her formal acting career began truly in the late 1980s. Her status as a seductive woman in Hong Kong intimate films paved the way for her towards the more mainstream film industry. From then on, Elaine Jin managed to successfully become a prolific actress, starring in a huge number of films.

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Fame across borders

The actress was also a hit across borders, acting across Hong Kong and back in her Taiwanese motherland.

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Veteran status in Hong Kong’s showbiz

Elaine Jin's screen success was not without substance. The actress proved her talent and was a huge acting success - earning her nominations for the prestigious Hong Kong Film Awards and Taiwan Golden Horse Awards.

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As prolific as other A-listers

With many films under her belt from the 1980s till the present, it can be said that Elaine Jin is as prolific and experienced an actress as other Hong Kong Film stars like Chow Yun-Fat, and Stephen Chow.

Biggest screen hits

Elaine Jin is known for her roles in Stanley Kwan’s ‘Love Unto Waste’, Derek Yee’s ‘People’s Hero’ and Phillip Yung’s ‘Port of Call’. In all three films, she stars alongside other Hong Kong A-listers like Tony Leung, and Aaron Kwok.

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Also on the small screen

Other than her work in film, Elaine Jin also worked with Hong Kong’s TVB on several TV projects. Her work in ‘Best Selling Secrets’ as Tai Chi master Ng Hang earned her a nomination for the TVB Anniversary Award for Most Popular Female Character.

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Awards

The actress was nominated for the Hong Kong Film Awards and Taiwan Golden Horse Awards during the span of her acting career. Did you know she won many of them? Elaine Jin is the winner of the Best Supporting Actress Award in the 1987, 1988, 2016 and 2017 Hong Kong Film Awards, and the winner of the 1994 and 2016 Taiwan Golden Horse Best Supporting Actress Award.

Bad news from a routine pap smear test

From going for a routine pap smear test with her daughter, Elaine Jin received the unfortunate news that she had been diagnosed with uterine serous papillary carcinoma (USPC), Yahoo reported in 2019. USPC is a form of cervical cancer.

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Bad news during the 2019 Lunar new year

The news came at an inauspicious time as it was during the Lunar New Year period in 2019 that Elaine Jin received the diagnosis. Yahoo reported that although initially devastated by the news, the actress faced it bravely and went under the knife on the fifth day of the Lunar New Year to remove her lymph node, uterus, and appendix.

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News only revealed to a few

The news was only revealed to a selected few in Elaine Jin’s inner circle. From Yahoo, only two knew about the diagnosis at that time -- her partner Suzy Wong, and good friend and fellow actress Rosamund Kwan.

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Making the best out of the situation

In retrospect, the actress shared on Yahoo that the event has helped her with reconsidering her personal priorities and re-connect with loved ones.

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Winning the battle against cervical cancer

After experiencing a long bout of chemotherapy, Elaine Jin was proud to share that she managed to beat cervical cancer into remission. This was in 2019.

Bad news from routine breast checkup

However, two years later in 2021, the actress uploaded a video on her YouTube channel to share that she has now been diagnosed with stage one breast cancer. Similar to her cervical cancer diagnosis, the news came at a similar unfortunate time, just after the Chinese New Year on February 16, Today Online reports.

Surgery and treatment for breast cancer

Elaine Jin revealed that the cancerous lump present in her breasts has since been removed with surgery. The actress is now undergoing electrotherapy as part of her treatment plan to ensure the cancer cells do not spread.

Hoping others can learn from her two experiences

Visibly distraught while sharing the news of a second cancer diagnosis on her YouTube channel, Elaine Jin assured the public that she is handling the setback in stride and urged members of the public to go for regular health checkups.

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Early detection saved Elaine Jin's life

The actress added that because of the early detection of her two cancers, she was able to undergo treatment to manage them and prevent their spread.

(Image: Elaine Jin on YouTube)

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