Should race be a factor in deciding when to start having mammograms? A new study published in JAMA Surgery supports the idea, writes Everyday Health.

The study, published March 7 in JAMA Surgery, analyzed data from hundreds of thousands of white, black, Hispanic, and Asian women and found the average age of breast cancer onset varies among racial groups. The data support the idea that race should be a factor in determining when women start breast cancer screening.

“The goal of this is not to create a panic or reignite controversy,” says Sahael Stapleton, MD, the first author of the paper and a clinical fellow in surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. “The goal of this is to continue the discussion about screening. Here’s another piece of evidence that you should think about people’s differences.”