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In Conversation with Dr. Avantika Mishra

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Florida Digestive Disease Specialists, 11505 Palmbrush Trail, Suite 200, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 Phone: 941-361-1100

In the January 2022 edition of SRQ Magazine, we interviewed Dr. Avantika Mishra of Florida Digestive Disease Specialists as part of our In Conversation marketing feature with top doctor honorees on trends in medicine, health and wellness. Below is an excerpt published in the magazine in which Dr. Mishra shares her insights with SRQ readers on new developments in gastroenterology.

Dr. Mishra, what are some of the cutting edge treatments or developments in your field?

Originally the guidelines used to say that at 50 years old you should get colon cancer screening. But recently, the guidelines have been amended amongst all health societies to say screenings should begin at 45. Overall there have been large population studies done that help drive these screening guideline changes. And this happens in every field, whether it's in breast cancer screening or other disorders. But, ultimately there's just been a rising incidence of colorectal cancer in patients at a younger age. These days I'm seeing colon cancer, personally myself, younger and younger. And I've diagnosed it as young as someone in their early thirties most recently. And so ultimately, while we don't perform screening on everyone who has symptoms, these generalized studies for the population have really triggered all societies to amend their previous recommendations.

Florida Digestive Disease Specialists, 11505 Palmbrush Trail, Suite 200, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 Phone: 941-361-1100

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