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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Ebola is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

2
733 214
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
616 139
Necrotizing fasciitis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Necrotizing fasciitis Skin Discoloration, Pain, Necrosis

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650 211
HIV is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
HIV Lymphadenopathy, Headache, Flu-like symptoms

5
490 128
Lung cancer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Lung cancer Nail clubbing, Dyspnea, Cachexia

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510 130
Bubonic plague is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

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406 177
Multiple sclerosis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Multiple sclerosis Optic papillitis, Horner's syndrome, Dyspnea

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435 140
Smallpox is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Smallpox Enanthem, Macule

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334 139
Parkinson's disease is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Parkinson's disease Drooling, Hypomimia, Tremor

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309 123
Huntington's disease is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Huntington's disease Fasciculation, Slurred Speech, Dysphagia

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280 113
Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

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328 118
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

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290 105
Head and neck cancer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

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262 78
Cancer of the larynx is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

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219 91
Bovine spongiform encephalopat... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

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234 70
Harlequin-type ichthyosis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

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231 119
Progeria is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

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231 114
Malaria is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Malaria Fever, Chills

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124 48
Cardiovascular disease is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Cardiovascular disease Dyspnea, Dizziness, Palpitation

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222 77
Cervical cancer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Cervical cancer Pelvic pain, Vaginal bleeding, Increased vaginal discharge

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221 90
Testicular cancer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Testicular cancer Swollen testicle, Lumbago, Painless testicular lump

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198 71
Skin cancer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Skin cancer Skin ulcer, Skin lesion, Melanocytic nevus

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155 12
Brain Cancer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
possumprincess added Brain Cancer

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250 129
Major depression is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Major depression Boredom, Melancholia, Insomnia

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241 77
Zika Virus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
ravi2 added Zika Virus

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158 61
Fatal familial insomnia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Seera Sea added Fatal familial insomnia

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139 85
Poliomyelitis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Poliomyelitis Flaccid paralysis

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153 62
Paranoid Schizophrenia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
klclyde added Paranoid Schizophrenia

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206 65
Leprosy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Leprosy Plaque, Nasal congestion, Thick skin

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154 105
Lupus erythematosus is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Lupus erythematosus Joint pain, Dyspnea, Raynaud's phenomenon

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132 71
Proteus syndrome is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

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152 65
Lyme disease is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Lyme disease Bell's palsy, Radiculopathy, Malaise

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151 76
Histoid leprosy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

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140 35
Muscular dystrophy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Muscular dystrophy Dyspnea, Gait abnormality, Scoliosis

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127 71
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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151 104
Genital herpes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Genital herpes Proctitis, Dysuria, Fever

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118 37
Prostate cancer with bone meta... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

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123 45
Fibrodysplasia ossificans prog... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

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110 58
Typhoid fever is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Typhoid fever Fatigue, Abdominal pain, Fever

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182 47
Rabies is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
BrandiWolf added Rabies

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118 53
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Hyperreflexia, Fasciculation, Slurred Speech

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95 42
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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99 53
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

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77 58
Hantavirus Infection is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

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78 63
Kawasaki disease is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Kawasaki disease Joint pain, Lymphadenopathy, Strawberry tongue

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82 48
Lepromatous leprosy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

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Spinal Fluid Leak is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Chester B. Weber added Spinal Fluid Leak

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73 18
Ovarian cancer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
possumprincess added Ovarian cancer Pelvic pain, Dyspnea, Bloating

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96 116
Influenza is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Influenza Watery eyes, Red eye, Fever

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72 59
Dissociative identity disorder is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time