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The Scariest Diseases of All Time 

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Originally by Ranker Community
Updated March 9, 2019 23.9k votes 2.7k voters 208.4k views

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. 
list ordered by
1
Alzheimer's disease is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Apraxia, Aggression, Pathological laughing and crying
2
Necrotizing fasciitis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Skin Discoloration, Pain, Necrosis
3
Ebola virus disease is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
4
HIV is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Lymphadenopathy, Headache, Flu-like symptoms
5
Lung cancer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Nail clubbing, Dyspnea, Cachexia
6
Multiple sclerosis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Optic papillitis, Horner's syndrome, Dyspnea
7
Smallpox is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Enanthem, Macule
8
Bubonic plague is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
9
Parkinson's disease is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Drooling, Hypomimia, Tremor
10
Breast cancer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Breast lump, Paget's disease of the breast, Nipple discharge
11
Huntington's disease is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Fasciculation, Slurred Speech, Dysphagia
12
Head and neck cancer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
13
Creutzfeldt–Jakob diseas... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
14
Cancer of the larynx is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
15
Bovine spongiform enceph... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
16
Harlequin-type ichthyosi... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
17
Cervical cancer is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Pelvic pain, Vaginal bleeding, Increased vaginal discharge
18
Malaria is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Fever, Chills
19
Major depression is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Boredom, Melancholia, Insomnia
20
Progeria is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
21
Skin cancer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Skin ulcer, Skin lesion, Melanocytic nevus
22
Zika Virus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
ravi2 added Zika Virus
23
Cardiovascular disease ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Dyspnea, Dizziness, Palpitation
24
Testicular cancer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Swollen testicle, Lumbago, Painless testicular lump
25
Brain Cancer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
possumprincess added