Since the cost of treatment of each of these patients is conservatively estimated at $7,000, the increased health care costs beyond the cost in human health as a result of these actions could well be in excess of $70 million annually.
I'd be happy to discuss these opinions with you further. Thank you.
DR. KIBBE: Dr. Tuttle.
DR. TUTTLE: Thank you very much. I'm Mike Tuttle. I'm one of the endocrinologists from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Unlike most endocrinologists, I see a very skewed view of the world working at a cancer center. On any given month, 80 to 90 percent of my patients have thyroid cancer and at least half of them have metastatic disease. My clinic is a great place to come learn to do thyroid cancer. We're not a great place to talk about diabetes.
I also need to let you know that I have received Knoll grants in the past before and do a lot of lecturing and speaking about thyroid cancer around the country and have received honoraria for that.
Typically when people think about thyroid