If you’re aged 50 to 74, you'll be sent a bowel screening test kit every 2 years.

If you're 75 or over you can still take a bowel screening test every 2 years. You'll need to request a new test kit each time. You won't be sent one automatically.

Send one small sample of poo and your results will be posted within 2 weeks.

New test kit

In Scotland, the bowel screening test was updated in November 2017 to make it quicker and easier to use.

We no longer process the old bowel screening tests (cardboard test with 3 windows) and will issue you with a new test if you return it.

If you received one of the old bowel screening tests (before 20 November 2017) and have not yet completed it, you'll need to request a new test kit if you want to complete a test.

What you'll be sent

The new bowel screening test kit includes:

  • a small test tube to collect your poo sample
  • full instructions to help you complete the test
  • a pre-paid envelope

After collecting your sample, you should put the finished test in the pre-paid envelope and post it as soon as possible.

How to do the bowel screening test (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLASx2S4sxQ)

Watch Cancer Research UK's step by step video guide to the bowel screening test.


To do the test you’ll need:

  • your test
  • the small label from your letter
  • a pen
  • something to help you collect your sample

To collect your poo sample you could use toilet paper placed in the toilet or an empty and clean plastic container like an ice cream or margarine tub.

Get ready

Before you collect your sample:

  1. take your label from the front of your letter
  2. stick it on the side of the test marked with the '+'
  3. write the date you take the test on the other side of the tube

Collecting your sample

To collect a sample:

  1. Catch your poo using toilet paper or a container.
  2. Twist the top of the test to open it - the lid of the test has a stick attached.
  3. Take a small sample of poo using the stick.
  4. Replace the lid of the test and close.
  5. Flush the toilet paper or bag and bin any container used.

After collecting your sample, put the finished test in the prepaid envelope and post it as soon as possible.

Further information

If you've any questions about using the home bowel screening test kit, contact the Scottish Bowel Screening Centre by:

The helpline's free and confidential. If there’s nobody available to take your call, please leave a voicemail message and a member of staff will return your call.