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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
766 262
Ebola virus disease is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

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2
676 194
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
563 127
Necrotizing fasciitis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Necrotizing fasciitis Skin Discoloration, Pain, Necrosis

4
609 193
HIV is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
HIV Lymphadenopathy, Headache, Flu-like symptoms

5
449 120
Lung cancer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Lung cancer Nail clubbing, Dyspnea, Cachexia

6
372 165
Multiple sclerosis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Multiple sclerosis Optic papillitis, Horner's syndrome, Dyspnea

7
458 123
Bubonic plague is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

8
397 126
Smallpox is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Smallpox Enanthem, Macule

9
303 127
Parkinson's disease is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Parkinson's disease Drooling, Hypomimia, Tremor

10
285 111
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
254 105
Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

12
300 112
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
260 101
Head and neck cancer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

14
239 76
Cancer of the larynx is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

15
196 86
Bovine spongiform encephalopat... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

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16
205 64
Harlequin-type ichthyosis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

17
214 112
Progeria is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

18
210 69
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
212 109
Malaria is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Malaria Fever, Chills

20
112 43
Cardiovascular disease is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Cardiovascular disease Dyspnea, Dizziness, Palpitation

21
184 64
Skin cancer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Skin cancer Skin ulcer, Skin lesion, Melanocytic nevus

22
205 84
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
224 69
Zika Virus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
ravi2 added Zika Virus

24
227 120
Major depression is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Major depression Boredom, Melancholia, Insomnia

25
134 12
Brain Cancer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
possumprincess added Brain Cancer

26
137 58
Fatal familial insomnia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Seera Sea added Fatal familial insomnia

27
133 55
Paranoid Schizophrenia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
klclyde added Paranoid Schizophrenia

28
128 83
Poliomyelitis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Poliomyelitis Flaccid paralysis

29
185 61
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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30
140 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
142 100
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
119 69
Proteus syndrome is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

33
130 32
Muscular dystrophy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Muscular dystrophy Dyspnea, Gait abnormality, Scoliosis

34
141 74
Histoid leprosy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

35
141 96
Genital herpes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Genital herpes Proctitis, Dysuria, Fever

36
117 67
Dengue fever is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Dengue fever Pain behind the eyes, Joint pain, Vascular Leak

37
108 36
Prostate cancer with bone meta... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

38
101 55
Typhoid fever is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Typhoid fever Fatigue, Abdominal pain, Fever

39
103 44
Fibrodysplasia ossificans prog... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

40
153 45
Rabies is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
BrandiWolf added Rabies

41
110 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
88 40
Pulmonary embolism is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Pulmonary embolism Dyspnea, Collapse, Hemoptysis

43
93 49
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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44
74 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
72 55
Hantavirus Infection is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

46
70 14
Ovarian cancer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
possumprincess added Ovarian cancer Pelvic pain, Dyspnea, Bloating

47
76 45
Lepromatous leprosy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

48
91 107
Influenza is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
Influenza Watery eyes, Red eye, Fever

49
65 57
Dissociative identity disorder is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time

50
45 14
Primary Amebic Meningoencephal... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Scariest Diseases of All Time
DevonteJohnsen added Primary Amebic Meningoencephalitis