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.