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Your bowel screening results

The bowel screening sample you return to us will be checked for a level of blood.

You’ll receive a letter with your results within 4 weeks of sending us your sample.

There are 2 types of results you can get:

  • normal
  • not normal


Most people get a normal result. This means that the amount of blood in your poo (stool) sample is below the screening limit.

If you’re age 59 to 69, you’ll be invited to retake the test in 2 years.

However, not all cancers or polyps bleed all the time.

Non-urgent advice: Contact your GP if:

Do this even if you have had a recent normal screening result.

Not normal

If your result is not normal, this means that the amount of blood in your poo (stool) sample is above the screening limit.

Blood in your poo does not necessarily mean you have bowel cancer. But you will be asked to have a test called a colonoscopy.

If you need a colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is carried out in an endoscopy unit in a hospital organised by BowelScreen.

A BowelScreen nurse will phone you to talk about what happens during the colonoscopy. You will need to tell the nurse if you’re taking any medicines.

When you've been approved for a colonoscopy, the nurse will offer you one within 4 to 6 weeks.

You and your GP will be sent a letter with your results.

Page last reviewed: 20 October 2022
Next review due: 20 October 2025