Remember "The Story of Cosmetics" – Sophistry At Its Finest? Well, there’s a new epidemiological study of cosmetologists that throws cold water in the face of the cosmetics scare. In "Cancer Incidence in Female Cosmetologists and Manicurists in California, 1988 – 2005" researchers report a 16% decrease in the cancer incidence among 325,228 licensees. Even when sorted by cancer site no large increase for any cancer could be found though small increases were noted for thyroid and lung cancer.