After returning the test, the Scottish Bowel Screening Centre will send you the results within 2 weeks.
Most people will be told that they don't need any further investigation. If this happens you'll be sent another test every 2 years until you turn 75.
If you don't receive your results letter, or have questions about your results, contact the Scottish Bowel Screening Centre.
If the amount of blood found in your poo sample is above the normal screening limit, you'll be referred for an outpatient hospital appointment called a colonoscopy.
A colonoscopy is an examination of the bowel using a thin, flexible tube with a camera on the end. It’s the most effective way of looking for the cause of bleeding.
A colonoscopy takes about half an hour and will require an outpatient appointment, so you shouldn’t need to stay in hospital for more than a few hours.
Before coming to the hospital you'll need to empty your bowel. You'll be given clear instructions about how to do this before your appointment.
If you're invited for a colonoscopy, you'll receive information about the benefits and risks of the procedure before your appointment.
After your colonoscopy, a health professional will tell you the results and explain any findings to you before you leave.
For every 500 people who take the test, only 10 will need to go for further investigation. Of these 10, only one will have bowel cancer.