Dr. Sanderson explains how long it will take a woman's lungs to heal after she ceases to smoke.
If an individual stops smoking there are some very early benefits, particularly in the cardiovascular system that within a very few days some benefits are known. As far as their symptoms of cough and mucus production from sputum, that may take 6 to 12 months. As far as the lung cancer risk, that does go down significantly and after a 20-year period. That individual will have the similar risk of lung cancer as an individual who has not been a smoker.
About Dr. Sanderson, M.D.:
Dr. David R. Sanderson, M.D., practices at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, specializing in pulmonary care. Dr. Sanderson attended the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. He completed his residency and fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.