We previously reported the overexpression of cyclins in uterine cervical carcinoma; however, their clinicopathological significance remained undetermined. In the present study, we examined the immunohistochemical expression of cyclins (D1, E, A, B1), p53 and Ki-67 in squamous cell carcinoma (stage Ib+II; 80 cases, stage III+IV; 23 cases). Correlations between the expression of cyclins and clinicopathological parameters and patient survival were statistically evaluated. The results indicated that in the normal squamous epithelium, the expression of cyclins and Ki-67 was sporadically observed in the parabasal layer. Of the 103 cervical carcinomas, overexpression of cyclins D1, E, A, B1 and p53 was observed in 13 (13%), 23 (22%), 25 (24%), 18 (18%) and 23 (22%) cases, respectively, with a slight predominance in advanced stage tumors. The expression of cyclin D1, E, A and p53 significantly correlated with that of Ki-67 (Spearman's rank correlation). Univariate and multivariate analyses revealed that lymph node metastasis and cyclin A overexpression were independent prognostic factors for unfavorable outcomes in stage Ib+II patients. These findings suggest that the overexpression of various cyclins is involved in the acquisition of the vigorous growth potential of cervical carcinoma cells, and that cyclin A is an independent prognosticator of cervical carcinoma in early stages.