Baroness Tessa Jowell the first person to donate medical information to a new global database

Baroness Tessa Jowell has become the first person to donate her medical information to a new global database.

The ex-culture secretary who has an aggressive brain tumour became the first person to sign up to the database, called the Universal Cancer Databank.

“It is my hope that through my cancer journey and sharing of my data, we will be able to develop better treatments for cancer and speed up the discovery of new ones,” said Jowell at the launch of the initiative in London. “Together, with hope, we can achieve greater survival for cancer patients across the world.”

Researchers will be able to access the anonymised data in the Universal Cancer Databank , set up by an Australian billionaire, for free.

Ms Mills said her mother, who has been campaigning for better treatment for cancer patients, wanted to give a voice to others: “Her bravery, her dignity, her ferocious sense of mission, her selflessness and her courage and her vision and her ability to lead at a moment where others would quite simply withdraw.

“So we are doing this for her, with her, we are doing this for all of us.”