Huang Chuncai, 39, is known as ‘China’s Elephant Man’ and has been the subject of medical studies and documentaries over the years.

Mailonline claimed that A man who has a massive 33lb tumour growing from his face has turned down offers to join a ‘freak show’.Doctors have diagnosed him with neurofibromatosis – the name for a number of genetic conditions that cause swellings or lumps.

And he is believed to be suffering from the world’s worst known case of the condition, experts say.

Huang Chuncai, 39, is known as 'China's Elephant Man' and has been the subject of medical studies and documentaries over the years

Despite having had four attempts to remove the enormous growth, he still has the huge growth on his face.His first surgery was in 2007, but he has undergone three more in recent years through the help of donations.

Doctors have diagnosed him with neurofibromatosis - the name for a number of genetic conditions that cause swellings or lumps

Despite having had four attempts to remove the enormous growth, it appears to be returning to its former size

NEUROFIBROMATOSIS: WHAT IS THE CONDITION?

Neurofibromatosis is the name for a number of genetic conditions that cause swellings or lumps.

Although many people who have the condition inherit it from one of their parents, up to 50 per cent develop it randomly from a gene mutation before they are born.

Despite their alarming appearance, the growths and swellings – called neurofibromas and caused by a growth of cells – are not cancerous or contagious.

The condition has long been associated with the ‘Elephant Man,’ the name given to Joseph Carey Merrick, who was severely disfigured.

However, in 1986, a new theory emerged that Mr Merrick may actually have had Proteus syndrome, a condition which involves symptoms such as abnormal growth of the bones, skin and head.

The confusion was again compounded in 2001 when it was proposed that he had suffered from a combination of neurofibromatosis type one (NF1) and Proteus syndrome.

However, DNA tests on his hair and bones have proven inconclusive.

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