Hello - thanks for asking your question.
There are many causes for increased intestinal gas.
Causes can include intestinal obstruction, adhesions in the bowel, cancer, any motility disorder (i.e. diabetes, scleroderma, thyroid disorders), irritable bowel syndrome, malabsorption or infection.
Here are some basic tests for workup:
- Examination of stool to detect the presence of blood, abnormally increased levels of fat (steatorrhea), or the presence of Giardia lamblia.
- A lactose tolerance test, during which patients are provided with a test dose of lactose by mouth. After receiving the test dose, those with lactose intolerance may soon develop abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, and excessive flatulence. Breath or blood samples are obtained during the test to confirm the presence of lactose intolerance.
- X-ray examination of the small intestine.
- Upper endoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy (in which the inside of the stomach, upper intestines or colon are examined via a tube with a camera at the end).
- Breath or blood tests for carbohydrate malabsorption.
- Antibody tests for celiac disease.
To answer your question, colorectal cancer is always possible. To be sure, I would suggest a colonoscopy.
You may want to discuss these tests and conditions with your personal physician.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
I am a registered nurse and I had a comment about Iriss' complaint and concern that she could have colon cancer.
Is it true that if the gas is intermittent and not an everyday occurrence that the problem is dietary in nature?