Losing a parent at any age is a difficult experience for everyone, but losing both as a young man is heartbreaking.
But that's what happened to veteran MP John Mann when they were both diagnosed with colorectal cancer the same year.
The Bassetlaw politician tragically he lost his father when he was still a student, 21
years old, and his mother 12 years later.
They never saw him as a Deputy, where he has been working in this area for almost 17 years.
Today, Mr. Mann throws his weight into The Sun's No Time 2 Lose campaign to lower the screening age for colon cancer to 50, and demands that the NHS improve its education and access to test so that fewer families have to suffer the same loss.
He told The Sun: "People do not like to talk about cancer."
"But effective education and campaigns like The Sun have a big impact, and there are many people who have been living and leading a healthy life for decades."
"None of my parents saw me as an MP.
"My dad never met my wife and children, my mom only knew one of my kids."
"That's a huge amount to miss. I've lived longer than they both did. "
Interested in the news from an early age – John (L) with his brother Peter and parents in Devon 1973
Dad Jim was a long-serving Labor Counselor until three days before he died of colon cancer at the age of 47.
Like most sufferers today – he did not learn until he was already ill and his doctor
"He had symptoms, but it was far too late," Mann recalls. "There were no demonstrations at the time. There was none.
"He was given only three months to live, but died nine months later."
And the tragedy did not end there, as Mum Brenda's illness was diagnosed only three months later. Fortunately, it was a much less aggressive form of cancer, and she lived another 12 years and luckily met John's wife and his first child.
The Sun fights for the age when colorectal cancer screening will be reduced from 60 to 50, saving more than 4,500 lives each year, and the NHS millions of pounds.
And we want every Briton to know the five red flags Signs of colon cancer
One of our own columnists, Deborah James, was diagnosed with 35 years.
And one third of Britons still have no idea about the symptoms – although 42,000 people are diagnosed with it every year.
Colon cancer patients, their families rallied, were old when they lost their lives because of colon cancer to support Lauren and joined her last month in Westminster
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