popular opinion The Scariest Diseases of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up any disease or disorder that seems like a horrible/painful thing to experience. Diseases do not have to be incurable.

You know when you have a cold and feel like you're dying? Well buck up, because your little sniffles are nothing compared to the world's scariest diseases. This list of the scariest diseases of all time, as ranked by the Ranker Community, will have you checking WebMD like a madman (or woman). Everyone wants to be healthy from the minute they are born to the last breath they take, but that doesn't always happen. There are a lot of scary, debilitating things that can happen to your body along the way. A slow, wasting sickness or a something that only gives you 3 months to live? How do you rank it? Which scary illnesses frighten you the most?

From scary skin diseases, to terrifying viruses, some of these illnesses even just have plain scary disease names to go along with their awful symptoms. Being a shut in might sound appealing after learning about these worst, horrible diseases, but that's no way to live. Still, what are the most distressing fatal diseases? Choose the fatal diseases that freak you out the most and vote them up, then talk to your doctor about how to stay healthy. 
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1
794 275
Ebola is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

2
700 205
Alzheimer's disease is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Alzheimer's disease Apraxia, Aggression, Pathological laughing and crying

3
585 133
Necrotizing fasciitis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Necrotizing fasciitis Skin Discoloration, Pain, Necrosis

4
624 199
HIV is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
HIV Lymphadenopathy, Headache, Flu-like symptoms

5
462 124
Lung cancer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Lung cancer Nail clubbing, Dyspnea, Cachexia

6
482 125
Bubonic plague is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

7
383 171
Multiple sclerosis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Multiple sclerosis Optic papillitis, Horner's syndrome, Dyspnea

8
411 135
Smallpox is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Smallpox Enanthem, Macule

9
316 131
Parkinson's disease is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Parkinson's disease Drooling, Hypomimia, Tremor

10
293 118
Huntington's disease is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Huntington's disease Fasciculation, Slurred Speech, Dysphagia

11
267 107
Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

12
311 116
Breast cancer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Breast cancer Breast lump, Paget's disease of the breast, Nipple discharge

13
271 103
Head and neck cancer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

14
246 78
Cancer of the larynx is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

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15
207 88
Bovine spongiform encephalopat... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

16
220 66
Harlequin-type ichthyosis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

17
222 114
Progeria is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

18
214 73
Cervical cancer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Cervical cancer Pelvic pain, Vaginal bleeding, Increased vaginal discharge

19
217 114
Malaria is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Malaria Fever, Chills

20
116 46
Cardiovascular disease is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Cardiovascular disease Dyspnea, Dizziness, Palpitation

21
189 67
Skin cancer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Skin cancer Skin ulcer, Skin lesion, Melanocytic nevus

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22
210 85
Testicular cancer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Testicular cancer Swollen testicle, Lumbago, Painless testicular lump

23
145 12
Brain Cancer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
possumprincess added Brain Cancer

24
232 72
Zika Virus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
ravi2 added Zika Virus

25
237 126
Major depression is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Major depression Boredom, Melancholia, Insomnia

26
145 59
Fatal familial insomnia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Seera Sea added Fatal familial insomnia

27
194 61
Leprosy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Leprosy Plaque, Nasal congestion, Thick skin

28
143 59
Paranoid Schizophrenia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
klclyde added Paranoid Schizophrenia

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29
131 83
Poliomyelitis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Poliomyelitis Flaccid paralysis

30
144 61
Lyme disease is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Lyme disease Bell's palsy, Radiculopathy, Malaise

31
145 102
Lupus erythematosus is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Lupus erythematosus Joint pain, Dyspnea, Raynaud's phenomenon

32
124 69
Proteus syndrome is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

33
144 74
Histoid leprosy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

34
134 33
Muscular dystrophy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Muscular dystrophy Dyspnea, Gait abnormality, Scoliosis

35
121 67
Dengue fever is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Dengue fever Pain behind the eyes, Joint pain, Vascular Leak

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36
144 97
Genital herpes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Genital herpes Proctitis, Dysuria, Fever

37
105 55
Typhoid fever is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Typhoid fever Fatigue, Abdominal pain, Fever

38
109 36
Prostate cancer with bone meta... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

39
114 44
Fibrodysplasia ossificans prog... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

40
165 46
Rabies is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
BrandiWolf added Rabies

41
112 52
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Hyperreflexia, Fasciculation, Slurred Speech

42
90 40
Pulmonary embolism is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Pulmonary embolism Dyspnea, Collapse, Hemoptysis

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43
95 50
Crohn's disease is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Crohn's disease Autoimmune hemolytic anemia, Scleritis, Fever

44
76 60
Kawasaki disease is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Kawasaki disease Joint pain, Lymphadenopathy, Strawberry tongue

45
74 55
Hantavirus Infection is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

46
78 46
Lepromatous leprosy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

47
70 15
Ovarian cancer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
possumprincess added Ovarian cancer Pelvic pain, Dyspnea, Bloating

48
92 110
Influenza is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Influenza Watery eyes, Red eye, Fever

49
69 57
Dissociative identity disorder is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

50
58 24
Marburg Virus Disease is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
klclyde added Marburg Virus Disease